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Kenley Jansen (RP)

Los Angeles Dodgers - 91% owned

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Bats: B, Throws: R

Kenley Jansen struck out one batter to notch his fourth save. He was forced to enter the game because Chris Hatcher allowed two hits without recording an out with the Dodgers up 6-2. One of the inherited runners scored on a fielder's choice groundball to third. 10-of-12 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Jansen just keeps dominating. The cutter is absolutely filthy. He's pitched five perfect innings on the season with nine strikeouts. One of the elite closers in the game and should vie for the top spot even though he missed a month and a half of the seaon.

 

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Kenley Jansen locks down another win

Sun, May 24th 12:38am EDT
By Stan Son

Kenley Jansen pitched another perfect inning for back-to-back saves against the San Diego Padres. He struck out one, did not allow a hit or a walk, and threw 5-of-7 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Let the good times roll for Jansen owners. So far, in four innings pitched, Jansen has struck out eight while not allowing a single hit or walk. If healthy, he can end up as the #1 closer even while missing a month and a half of the season.

 

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Kenley Jansen tallied his second save of the season in impressive fashion with two strikeouts. 9-of-12 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Jansen was sharp as usual. The fastball was in the 94 mph range, the cutter was sharp as usual, and the slider was nasty. Even with the missed time, Jansen could end up as the top closer because of his elite strikeout rate, opportunities that should be provided for him, and the overall state of the closer market.

 

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Kenley Jansen pitched a clean ninth inning for his first save of the season. He struck out one batter. 10-of-12 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: For those that have been stashing Jansen, enjoy the good times to come. The Dodgers are going to provide a ton of save opportunites and Jansen is going to strike out a ton in the process.

 

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Kenley Jansen finally returned to action Friday night. He struck out four in the eighth inning. The first batter he faced, Carlos Gonzalez, reached first when the ball got past Yasmani Grandal. 13-of-14 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: He's back. He should probably start closing today or tomorrow. The Dodgers are going to provide plenty of save opportunites so 30+ saves and 75+ strikeouts should still be attainable.

 

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Kenley Jansen was officially reinstated today from the 15-day disabled list. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the struggles the Dodgers bullpen has experienced in the last week, this is welcome news and a great addition. Scouts said that Jansen's fastball was in the 92-94 mph range with "nasty" movement on his cutter. Jansen himself said it will only take him one inning to prepare to close.

 

Kenley Jansen faced three batters on Sunday for Rancho Cucamonga. He allowed one hit and retired two (one strikeout) in 13 pitches. He threw 12 pitches on Saturday. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's looking like Jansen should be returning very soon. This week or next seem like good possibilities. Mattingly said he will ease Jansen back into the closer role but it shouldn't take him much time grab the reigns.

 

Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced Saturday for Rancho Cucamonga. He recorded one strikeout. Jansen is scheduled to pitch Sunday. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Things look to be progressing well for Jansen and the mid-May target seems feasible. It shouldn't take him long to assume the closer role and be one of the elites the rest of the year.

 

Kenley Jansen allowed three runs on two hits (one home run) in Wednesday morning's rehab outing for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He walked one and struck out two in two-thirds of an inning. He was capped at 25 pitches. (Source: Ken Gurnick @ MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Health is the most important thing. As long as there is no news of any physical setbacks, one shouldn't put much stock into the results. Mattingly said that he would ease Jansen back into the closer role. A return date of May 15 has been mentioned.

 

Kenley Jansen pitched his first rehab game Friday night for Rancho Cucamonga. He allowed one hit and struck out one in a 14-pitch inning. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jansen said that he will probably need six or seven rehab innings. Manager Don Mattingly said that he will be eased back into the closer role. It shouldn't take long for Jansen to assume the role and when he does he should be elite the rest of the year.

 

Kenley Jansen said he touched 96 mph in his throwing session today. He's expected to pitch six to seven innings at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga before being activated. (Source: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jansen was sidelined with a foot injury so it would've been a surprise if his velocity was off. The six to seven inning rehab stint could mean Jansen is up in a couple of weeks.

 

Kenley Jansen threw off a mound today. He is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jansen has said that he would like to return sometime in mid-May. That looks like a distinct possibility now. If no complications arise, Jansen should immediately be thrust into the closer role and be elite the rest of the season. 30+ saves with 75+ strikeouts should be attainable.

 

Kenley Jansen "still a ways away"

Wed, Apr 22nd 9:43am EDT
By Stan Son

Kenley Jansen threw a bullpen session before Tuesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Don Mattingly said: "Basically, he’s going through spring training right now. He’s on track for us. But he’s still a ways away.” Jansen is expected to return sometime in May. (Source: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register)

Fantasy Impact: The injury to Jansen was on his foot, not his throwing arm, so a return to prior form should be easier. It is still an injury that required a lot of time off so monitor his situation carefully. If he's able to come back without any setbacks, 30+ saves and 75+ strikeouts should be attainable. The Dodgers are going to win a ton of games so he could be in the elite tier when it's all said and done.

 

Kenley Jansen threw off mound today

Sat, Apr 18th 8:55pm EDT
By Stan Son

Kenley Jansen threw off a mound for the first time since undergoing foot surgery two months ago. The session was 15 pitches in the bullpen at less than maximum effort. His fastball was clocked a 86 mph. (Source: Dylan Hernandez )

Fantasy Impact: This is good news in the rehabilitation process for Jansen. He seems to be on schedule for a return sometime in May.

 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. It was discovered when Jansen experienced discomfort running last week. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 8-12 week timetable puts a return at the end of April or early May. Its a good thing the injury is on the lower body and not on the throwing arm or shoulder so there shouldn't be too much concern. Instead of a save number in the 40's, with 100+ strikeouts, the projections for Jansen should be lowered to a save number in the 30's with around 80 strikeouts, dropping him from top 3 reliever to top 10. The Dodgers should provide plenty of save opportunities but the pitchers behind Jansen are all un-inspiring. I have no faith in Brandon League so my guess would be that newly acquired Joel Peralta will get first crack.

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with stud closer Kenley Jansen and signed him for 2015 at $7.425 million. (Source: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jansen is one of the top closers in fantasy. In 2014, he posted a 2.76 ERA, saved 44 games, and struck out 101 batters in 65 innings pitched. It will be curious how the Dodgers approach Jansen long-term as David Robertson recently signed a four-year $46 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. While we do not advocate drafting closers early, Jansen should approach the 40 save mark again and continue to strike out over a batter an inning. The upgraded Dodgers defense should help as well.