Russell Martin’s trip around the field and ultimate transition into becoming a super-utility player has recently seen him make starts as the Blue Jays’ shortstop and left fielder. If this continues, and there’s no reason to assume it’s just a short-term experiment, the Jays really should call up Danny Jansen from Triple-A Buffalo.
Jansen enjoyed a breakout season in 2017 in Toronto’s system. He started in Single-A Dunedin, tore it up for a month, got the call up to Double-A New Hampshire, continued to hit well, and then finished the season with Buffalo and put up his best numbers of the season at Triple-A. All told, Jansen slashed a .323/.400/.484 line over 104 games across the three levels.
This year, Jansen has continued to dominate Triple-A, suggesting his 2017 season wasn’t an anomaly and he actually is the catcher of the future in the Blue Jays’ system. Through 35 games, Jansen owns a .913 OPS with two homers, 19 RBIs, 18 walks, and just 17 strikeouts.
Good Morning. Russell Martin is starting in left field, so I am officially starting my Danny Jansen countdown clock 🤞🏻— Kate Stanwick (@OhKStan) May 28, 2018
Does Martin playing all over the diamond indicate that the Jays are opening the way for Jansen to be recalled? I mean, it’s not like the Jays are moving Martin around in order to force his bat into the lineup given the fact he’s sporting a .616 OPS thus far.
Martin, who’s signed for one more season, is 35 years old and has a lot of milage on him after a fantastic Major League career behind the plate. Obviously he can’t catch every day. Hell, he probably can’t catch every second day. With that in mind, it’s probably time for Jansen to be given a chance with the big club, right?