Janssen was 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Syracuse this season, but did not allowed a run over his last two starts – spanning ten innings. The right-hander has struck out 18 batters, while issuing 1 walk, in 20 innings this season.
The Jays drafted Janssen in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, and 24-year-old broke through last season, pitching in three different levels, and dominating in each. The Orange, CA native began the 2005 season in Low-A with the Lansing Lugnuts, and went 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in seven starts. Janssen then made ten starts with the Dunedin Blue Jays and went 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA. The biggest test for Janssen was with New Hampshire, going 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA in nine starts. The UCLA product was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five innings during spring training with the Blue Jays.
Janssen pitched just three inning in his last Triple-A start on Sunday, but was held at a pitch-count of 40.
“The idea was so I would be fresh enough to pitch if needed,” Janssen told InsideTheDome.
Janssen is excited about making his first major league start.
“You dream from early childhood for that to happen, and it will be an awesome feeling.”
Janssen said that he didn’t expect to rise so fast in the organization and never thought he would begin his second full season at the Triple-A level.
“It was a weird feeling.”
Imagine how weird it will be for Janssen to be pitching for the Blue Jays come Thursday, who made sure to thank his coaches that have tutored him at ever level as a professional.
“Being surrounded with these coaches here in the organization has helped to learn the game, learn the system, and learn how to pitch as a pro.”
“He had a good spring training, and was pitching well with Syracuse,” said General Manager J.P. Ricciardi. “We are throwing him into the fire, against a good hitting team.”