Daniel Robert Jansen...Attended West High School in Appleton, Wisconsin...Was named First-Team All-State in his junior year...Ranked as Toronto's 7th-best prospect by Baseball America entering 2018...Ranked as the 71st overall prospect by FanGraphs...Also ranked by BA as baseball's 9th-best catching prospect...Listed as Toronto's 3rd-best propect and the 42nd overall prospect by Baseball America going into the 2019 season... Ranked 65th overall by MLB (5th among catchers) and 89th by Baseball Prospectus...Participated in the 2019 and 2020 Blue Jays Winter Tours
Connected for 13 home runs, one shy of Will Smith for the most among rookie catchers, while his 42 RBI led the way... His home run and RBI totals were 2nd most in a season by a Toronto rookie catcher all-time (J.P. Arencibia - 23 HR and 75 RBI in 2011)...Nominated for a Gold Glove Award...Finished 4th among AL catchers in stolen base percentage (70.0%), 4th in fielding percentage (.995) and 4th with 19 runners caught stealing...According to Baseball Savant, ranked 5th among AL catchers in pitch framing...Drew 31 walks, tied for 8th most among AL rookies...Hit his 1st home run of the season and 4th of his career with dozens of friends and family in attendance on May 17 at CWS...Recorded his 2nd homer on May 19 at CWS, connecting for homers in back-to-back games for the 1st time in his career...On May 22 vs. BOS, tied the game in the 9th inning with his 1st career pinch-hit RBI, a single to score Brandon Drury...Finished 3-for-5 with two RBI on June 13 at BAL for his 1st career three-hit game...Notched his 1st career walk-off home run on June 29 vs. KC, a two-run shot in the 9th...Became the 8th rookie in team history to hit a walk-off home run...Was his 4th homer of the season and his 1st at home...Belted his 6th home run on July 3 vs. BOS, homering in back-to-back games for the 2nd time in his career...On July 4 vs. BOS, hit a solo homer to become the 4th catcher in team history to homer in three consecutive games, joining Ernie Whitt (3G in 1985), J.P. Arencibia (3G in 2012) and Russell Martin (3G in 2016 and 2018)...Homered again for his 1st career multi-HR game...Became the 4th catcher in team history to hit four homers in any three-game span (also Whitt, Arencibia and Martin)...Became the 5th rookie catcher in MLB history to hit six home runs over any seven-game span... Added a double in the 8th inning for his 1st career 3-XBH game...Recorded his 1st career triple on July 5 vs. BAL as he led off the 2nd inning...Went 45 plate appearances without a strikeout from June 23-July 7, the longest active streak at the time, the 7th longest streak in MLB in 2019, and the longest streak by a Blue Jay since Jose Reyes (50 PA) in 2015....Notched his 9th home run on Aug. 1 at BAL, his 7th since June 26...Hit his 10th homer of the season on Aug. 9 vs. NYY...At 24 years old, became the youngest catcher in team history with a 10+ HR campaign, ahead of J.P. Arencibia (25 years old in 2011 - 23HR)...Went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on Aug. 12 vs. TEX...Was also his 6th career three-hit game, all since June 13, a span of 42 games...Recorded his 12th home run on Aug. 16 vs. SEA, his 10th long-ball since June 26...Hit his 13th homer of the season on Sept. 20 at NYY.
Was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Aug. 12 ... Made his MLB debut on Aug. 13 at KC and singled in his 1st plate appearance...Finished 2-for-3 to become the 19th player in team history with multiple hits in his MLB debut, and the 4th catcher to do so... Along with Sean Reid-Foley, formed the 1st starting battery mates in team history to debut at the same time...Marked the first such occasion in the AL since April 14, 1967, when Billy Rohr pitched and Russ Gibson caught for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium (courtesy STATS) ... Hit his 1st Major League home run on Aug. 14 at KC...Became the 11th player in team history to homer within his first two MLB contests and the 3rd catcher to do so, joining J.P Arencibia (2010) and Sandy Martinez (1995) ... Had hits in each of his first six MLB games (Aug. 13-22), just the 3rd player and the only catcher in team history to do so... Became the 8th Blue Jay to record 8+ hits across his first six MLB games, the most by any catcher ... Recorded his 2nd long ball on Sept. 17 at BAL, a two-run blast to mark his 1st career multi-RBI effort ... On Sept. 20 vs. TB, connected for his 3rd home run, a three-run homer... Was his 1st HR at Rogers Centre... Was also his 1st career 3-RBI game ... Reached base safely in 23 of his 30 MLB games with a plate appearance (.347 OBP) ... Among all rookie catchers with at least 30 games played, ranked 2nd in OBP (.347), 2nd in SLG (.432), 2nd in OPS (.779) and 5th in AVG (.247) ... Slashed .275/.390/.473 with 21 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and a team-leading 58 RBI over 88 games for the Bisons...Was named a Mid-Season All-Star and played in the Futures Game where he went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer ... Was named Bisons 2018 MVP at the end of the season ... Was also tabbed as the minor's Top Catcher in MiLB.com's Toolshed 2018 edition.
Started the season in Advanced-A Dunedin and slashed .369/.422/.541 over 31 games ... Hit .291 in 52 games with Double-A New Hampshire with 15-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR and 20-RBI while throwing out 14 of 45 stolen base attempts (31.1%) ... Was named a Mid-Season All-Star in both the Florida State League (A+) and the Eastern League (AA) ... Was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo in August...Doubled and drove in two runs in his AAA debut on Aug. 4 vs. Lehigh Valley ... Hit a triple and homered twice in a 4-for-4 effort on Aug. 21 at Pawtucket, bringing his average to .500 through his first 12 games with the Bisons ... Finished the year with a .328/.423/.552 line over 21 games at the AAA level ... Played in a career-best 104 games, 47 more than his previous high of 57 in 2016 ... Was named a Baseball America Minor-League First-Team All-Star and an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star at the end of the season.
Assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays to open the 2016 minor league season ... In 57 total games in 2016, hit .218 with one home run and 25 RBI ... Was assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League after the 2016 season...Appeared in 20 games for the Sox and hit .282 with 11 RBI and the first two triples of his professional career ... Has committed just 15 errors in 2118 total chances, posting a .993 fielding percentage over his career while throwing out 83 of 319 (26.0%) attempted base stealers.