Robert Casey Janssen... @CaseyJanssen... Attended UCLA where he was 1st Team All-PAC 10 as a pitcher... Spent time as a DH and at first base at UCLA to take advantage of his hitting abilities... Majored in Sociology... Hit a home run in his first college at-bat... Off-season home is in Manhattan Beach, California... Enjoys watching college football.
Went 3-3 with 25 saves and a 3.94 ERA in 50 games...Became the third Toronto Blue Jay pitcher to record three straight 20 save seasons (Tom Henke-7, 1986-1992 & Billy Koch-3, 1999-2001)... Missed the first 37 games of the season due to a left abdominal strain...Returned from his rehab assignment and activated from the 15-day DL on May 11…Made four rehab appearances at Single-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire...Prior to the All-Star break, posted a 1.23 ERA (3 ER/22.0 IP) while limiting hitters to a .217 avg. and was 14-for-16 in save opportunities... Did not surrender an earned run in his first 11.2 innings of the season...First earned run allowed June 9 vs. MIN...Posted a 6.75 ERA (17 ER/22.2 IP) and a .309 average with three blown saves following the break...Had his streak of 24 consecutive converted saves (dating to 2013) snapped May 29 vs. KCR.
Recorded 34 saves in 36 opportunities…His 94.4 save percentage ranked 1st in the AL & finished T-1st in the Majors with S. Cishek of MIA (94.4, 34-36) among relievers with at least 30-save opportunities. His 94.4 save percentage ranked as the highest for any one season in club history…The previous team record was held by Tom Henke set in 1992 (91.9 save percentage, 34-37). Retired 25 consecutive batters from April 13-May 7, which is T-2nd longest streak in club history (Dave Stieb, retired 26 straight in 1989). Has converted 56 of 60 save opportunities (93.3percent) since taking over as the closer on May 9, 2012 (4th best save percentage in Majors over that period). Ranks 5th on the all-time club saves list with 65. His 34 saves in 2013 ranked T-6th for most in club history in a single season (Henke-1992 & 1987). Had a streak of 13.0 straight innings (48 batters) without issuing a walk from Opening Day until May 20 at TB. Did not allow a hit to a right-handed hitter for 12.0 consecutive innings to begin the season (0-18).
In his 7th season in the Majors, was his first season as the team closer, assuming the role on May 9... Posted a career high
in strikeouts (67) and had a career low opponents average (.195)...His .195 opponents average ranked 7th in the AL for pitchers with aminimum of 60 IP... His .172 average vs. left-handed
hitters ranked 6th in the AL with a minimum of 100 at-bats...Converted 22 of 25 save opportunities and 22 of 24 after assuming closers role... After May 9 converted 15 consecutive
saves and each of his last six... In his 22 saves did not allow a single run while issuing just two walks and 10 hits... Also
faced the minimum batters in 13 of the 22...On the road allowed only six runs for a 1.86 ERA and a .186 opponents average... During the day allowed just two runs
for a 0.86 ERA...Posted a 5.02 ERA vs. AL East opponents and a 0.51 vs. the rest of AL and NL.
Appeared in 55 games with the Blue Jays all out of the bullpen... JUST WIN BABY: Matched his career high (prev: 2006) with six wins... At 6-0 became only the third Blue Jays pitcher and first since Dennis Lamp (11-0) and Tom Filer (7-0) in 1985 to win at-least six games in a season without a loss... Became the first Blue Jays pitcher to start a season at least
6-0 since John Frascatore in 1999 (went 7-0)... His six wins were tied for the Club lead by a reliever with Shawn Camp and
was T-3rd in the AL... Was 3rd on the Club with seven holds... STREAKING: Had a stretch of 16.2 scoreless innings pitched
from July 26-Aug. 30 which was the longest by any Blue Jays pitcher and a new career high... Posted a record of 4-0 with a
one save and a 1.61 ERA (28.0IP/5ER) in 27 games after the All-Star Break... WHAT A SAVE: Matched his career high as a
reliever with three innings pitched on Aug. 21 at OAK, struck out a career high five as a reliever and did not allow a hit to pick
up his 2nd save of the season... Allowed a run in just nine of his 55 appearances and more than one in only three contests...
HANDLES THE LEFTIES: Held opponents to a .228 average, however LH hitters batted only .216 with only six extra base
hits, all doubles... MINORS: Was optioned to Las Vegas (AAA) on April 8 and appeared in one game with the 51's pitching two
scoreless innings... Was recalled on April 12 and spent the remainder of the season with the Blue Jays.
Recorded the win in three of the Jays first six games of the season becoming only the sixth pitcher in ML history to do so and first since Jose Melendez with SD in 1992... Won back to back games April 8 at TEX and April 9 at BAL becoming the first Blue Jays pitcher since Jesse Carlson Sept. 2 and 3, 2008... His five wins tied for the Club lead by a reliever (Scott Downs)... Struck out multiple batters in 17 of his 56 appearances this season.
Made 21 total appearances, including five starts over two separate stays with the club this past season... DISABLED: Began the season on the disabled rehabbing his shoulder...Was activated on April 30... In total made 18 appearances,
including four starts in the minors, posting a 2.52 ERA... START ME UP: All five starts came in his first recall
from May 23 to June 13... Posted a 2-3 record with a 6.23 ERA in 26 innings... Allowed 40 hits and a .354 opponents
average in a starting role... May 29 collected his first win as a starter since June 30, 2006... RETURN TO 'PEN: Upon
being recalled in August was used exclusively as a reliever... In 16 appearances was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in 14 innings...
Fanned 13 batters, while opponents hit .317... Picked up his first save, Aug. 21 vs. LAA and first since Sept. 24, 2007...
WELCOME BACK: May 23 made his first appearance in the majors since Sept. 24, 2007 and his first start since July 24,
2006 after missing the entire 2008 season... ROAD TRIP: Was more effective pitching on the road, posting a 4.08 ERA in
11 outings, two starts... Also held AL East foes to a 4.20 ERA in 11 appearances, including one start.
Underwent surgery on March 18 to repair a tear in his labrum... Did not pitch in 2008.
Was his first full season in the majors...
WORKHORSE: Appeared in 70 games, ranking 2nd
on the team and T-11th in the AL...Led all Blue Jays relievers with 72.2 IP and finished 2nd on the club with six saves ...Of the six saves, four were of more than 1.0IP...His 2.35
ERA was 3rd on the club, while his 24 holds were
T-1st...DRY SPELLS: Through June 20 was 2-0 with three
saves and an ERA of 0.95 in 31 games...April ERA was 1.32
(13.2IP/2ER) and May was 0.69 (13.0IP/1ER)...Had a string
of 14 games from April 17-May 24 (14 games/15.2IP) without
allowing an earned run...Finished the season without allowing
an earned run in 11 of 12 outings (9IP/2ER)...AL
EAST: Appeared in 30 games vs. AL East foes, posting a
2-1 record with an ERA of 0.94 and two saves
(28.2IP/3ER)...REST: When pitching without a days rest
had an ERA of 8.44 in 15 games...His ERA dropped to 1.31
in 55 games with at least one day between appearances...
OF NOTE: Opening day, 4/2 at DET, retired all
seven batters he faced (2.1IP)...Apr. 8 at TB, worked 2.0
scoreless innings for his 1st career save...May 14 vs. BAL
earned his 1st win of the season & 1st career as a reliever...
May 26 at MIN, surrendered his 1st home run of the
season (M. Cuddyer) & 1st earned run allowed since Apr.
14 vs. DET (14 games without a run)...Had allowed just two
earned runs over a span of 26 games (29.1 IP) for an ERA of
0.61 before surrendering 6 ER without retiring a single batter
on 6/21 vs. LAD...Allowed only 14 of 49 inherited runners
to score (28.6%).
Was 6-10, with a 5.07 ERA in 19 appearances (17
starts) with Toronto... 6-7, 4.73 ERA before the All-Star break...Promoted from AAA Syracuse on Apr. 26, and made his Major League debut Apr. 27 vs. BAL, allowing 2 ER over 4.0 IP (loss)...Walked only four batters in six May
starts... Recorded his 1st Major League win May 7 at LAA,
allowing just one hit through 7.1 innings... Led all rookie
starters allowing only 2.01 walks per nine innings... T-10th
in wins by a rookie with six, 7th in starts (17), 8th in innings
pitched (94), and 10th in batting avg. allowed (.275)... Had
run off 15.1 scoreless innings vs. the Angels... Earned his
1st Major League victory on May 7 vs. LAA (3-1)...In the minors
was 1-5, with a 4.85 ERA in Syracuse (AAA)... Walked
only eight batters in 42.2 IP.
Promoted twice during the season, he combined to
pitch to a 13-4 record with a 2.12 ERA between Lansing, Dunedin and New Hampshire... Dominated the Midwest League to start the season, being selected as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week after a pair of starts in which he allowed just five hits and no earned runs... Finished April
4-0 with a 1.53 ERA earning the nod as the Blue Jays Organizational
Pitcher of the Month... Selected to participate in
the Midwest League All-Star Game, but was promoted to
Dunedin where he posted a 6-1 record with a 2.01 ERA in 10
starts... Named as a Blue Jays Minor League Star of the
Month in June while with Dunedin... Finished the season in
New Hampshire going 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA... Combined to pitch 152.2 innings in 2005, recording 139 strikeouts
against 21 walks... Made 26 starts in 2005, holding the opposition
to three or fewer earned runs in all but two of those
games (and two or less in 20 of 26 starts)... Was selected by
Baseball America as the 6th top prospect in the
Drafted by the Blue Jays in the fourth round (117th selection overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft... Assigned to Auburn of the NewYork-Penn League (R) after leading UCLA in his senior season in wins (10), starts (17) and ERA (3.16)... Posted a 3-1 record with a 3.48 ERA in his
debut season as a pro, with 45 strikeouts and 10 walks...
Threw 7.0 shutout innings and limited Batavia to three hits in
collecting the win in his first professional start on July 12.