Sunday, June 7, 2015
Kenley Jansen (born September 30, 1987) is the closer for for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Jansen was born in Willemstad, Curaçao, which for you non-geography buffs is an island off the coast of Venezuela. Jansen's career MLB statistics are here.
Jansen has had some health issues over the last few years but appears to be fine now. Last night, he earned the save and combined with Clayton Kershaw for a one-hit 2-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jansen relies almost exclusively on a cut fastball in the 92–97 mph range, but it occasionally tops out at 100 mph. His other main pitch is a slider in the low 80s. Jansen has recorded extremely high strikeout rates, garnering 14.6 strikeouts per 9 innings through the 2012 season. This is the second-highest total in history among pitchers who have thrown at least 140 innings.