The shortcomings of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen last season are well documented and though Kenley Jansen wasn’t a main culprit, he recently said he took the criticism personally.
Entering the 2014 season, MLB Network’s The Shredder ranked Jansen the No. 3 reliever behind Craig Kimbrel (No. 2) and Koji Uehara (No. 1). Jansen got off to a rough start, worked on his mechanics and converted 44 saves, which was tied for fifth-most in baseball last season.
Despite a season with good success, The Shredder no longer ranks Jansen among the top-10 relief pitchers right now. While Jansen didn’t make the analytically-driven list, analyst Dan Plesac had him on his personal list:
I think two guys really jump out at me. Huston Street, No. 7 on your list and No. 9 on my list, and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers, No. 6 on mine and No. 9 on your list. Two relievers that haven’t really gotten much attention so far during this show. Two quality relievers and Huston Street, he just gets saves, Brian.”
While Jansen didn’t grade out favorably with The Shredder, he made ESPN’s Buster Olney list of top pitchers, which was released in January. Jansen sits fifth on the Dodgers’ all-time saves list with 106 and avoided arbitration for a second time in his career by agreeing to a one-year, $7.245 million contract for 2015.
Along with making Plesac’s list of top-10 relievers, Brian Kenny also included him in his rankings:
|The Shredder||Dan Plesac||Brian Kenny|
|1st||Wade Davis||Craig Kimbrel||Craig Kimbrel|
|2nd||Greg Holland||Aroldis Chapman||Greg Holland|
|3rd||Craig Kimbrel||Dellin Betances||Aroldis Chapman|
|4th||Dellin Betances||Wade Davis||Dellin Betances|
|5th||Joaquin Benoit||Greg Holland||Wade Davis|
|6th||Aroldis Chapman||Kenley Jansen||Koji Uehara|
|7th||Mark Melancon||David Robertson||Huston Street|
|8th||Koji Uehara||Zach Britton||Steve Cishek|
|9th||Zach Britton||Huston Street||Kenley Jansen|
|10th||Tony Watson||Koji Uehara||Andrew Miller|
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