Jansen is not in the lineup against the Yankees on Friday. Jansen will head to the bench after going 1-for-3 with a sac fly during Thursday's game versus Kansas City. In his place, Russell Martin will catch Marcus Stroman and bat fifth.
Jansen will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Jansen has slashed .275/.390/.473 with 12 home runs for the Bison this season. Luke Maile and Russell Martin have been splitting time at catcher for the Blue Jays -- with sub-par offensive results -- so it will be interesting to see how the team divides playing time after the call up of the 23-year-old, but he should certainly see fairly regular opportunities.
Jansen started at catcher and went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI and a run for the United States squad in its 10-6 victory over the World team in Sunday's Futures Game. After striking out looking in his first at-bat, Jansen took Twins farmhand Lewis Thorpe deep in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Hitting for power isn't a major component of Jansen's game, but the 23-year-old has posted a more-than-acceptable .482 SLG at Triple-A Buffalo this season while continuing to exhibit stellar plate discipline. Jansen has the offensive skill set to be an above-average producer from the catcher spot, but it's less certain if he'll be able to control the run game well enough to earn an everyday role at the position in the big leagues.
Jansen went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a stolen base for Triple-A Buffalo in its 6-5 loss to Pawtucket on Monday in 10 innings. Both of Jansen's doubles came off Jalen Beeks, who entered Monday's contest with a 1.72 ERA and 52:8 K:BB in 31.1 innings. Though he has infrequently encountered pitchers of Beeks' high caliber this season, the 23-year-old catcher has nonetheless impressed in his second taste of the International League, just as he did in 2017 following a late callup from Double-A New Hampshire. Through 107 plate appearances on the campaign, Jansen is slashing .311/.406/.478 with 10 extra-base hits and a 3-for-3 success rate on stolen-base attempts.
Jansen went 4-for-4 with a solo home run, a pair of doubles and a walk Monday for Triple-A Buffalo in the club's 4-3 win over Pawtucket in 12 innings. It was an outstanding season debut for Jansen, who reached base in all five of his plate appearances while accounting for more than a third of Buffalo's hits. The catcher broke out while logging extensive action across three levels in 2017, slashing a combined .323/.400/.484 with 10 home runs. Jansen still needs further time in the minors to hone his receiving skills, but once he reaches the big leagues, he could offer above-average offense relative to most backstops.
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