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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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  1. Raul Franklin

    Joaquin Benoit is better than Kenley? I’ll gladly take Kenley.

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