Robert Casey Janssen (born
September 17 1981
California) is a right-handed
relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays.
selected by the Blue Jays out of UCLA in the
fourth round of the draft.
When an injury to A.J. Burnett
created an opening in the Blue Jays' rotation, Janssen was promoted
from the Syracuse Chiefs
his major-league debut against the Baltimore Orioles
on April 27, 2006.
Janssen throws six different pitches: a four-seam fastball that
tops out at 92 mph, a two-seamer, a cutter, a curveball, a
change-up and a slider. Although he is not an overpowering pitcher,
thus far in his career Janssen has been very successful in
upsetting hitters' timing and inducing weakly hit balls. In his
first two months in the majors, he proved to be a groundball
pitcher who allows few line drives.
Casey Janssen won his first two games against the Los Angeles Angels
, both times posting
extremely solid outings, allowing less than three hits over seven
In , with multiple injuries to the Blue Jays rotation and bullpen,
Janssen made a move to the bullpen and performed very well as the
set-up man for interim closer Jeremy
. He led the bullpen in innings pitched, and was second
in team saves with six. Janssen established himself as one of the
best in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen as well as in the American League
Janssen missed the entire 2008 season with a torn labrum
. He was expected to make a full recovery and
to be ready for Spring Training 2009, whether it be out of the
bullpen or as a starter. But he suffered another injury setback,
and did not make the Opening Day 2009 roster for Toronto.
On Saturday May 23, Janssen returned to MLB action facing the
Atlanta Braves in inter league play going 6 innings and giving up 8
hits and 3 earned runs in a 4-3 decision giving him his first loss
of the season.
On June 17, 2009, it was announced that Janssen was placed on the
15-Day disabled list, retroactive to June 14, with inflammation of
his right shoulder.
His mother, Diane Janssen teaches at Cerro Villa Middle School in
the field on Home Economics.