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Bisons catcher Danny Jansen to head to All-Star Futures Game

When Danny Jansen told his mom the news, she cried.

She can be emotional, Jansen explained. But with good reason. See, Jansen's selection to the U.S. roster for the All-Star Futures Game isn't just about him.

The Buffalo Bisons catcher thinks about all the people who helped him, all the people who supported his baseball dream, and sees this as a moment of celebration for them as well.

"When I called my mom and dad and told them about it, she started crying right away," Jansen said. "Just being able to share it with them and have them there is special.

"I'm just grateful for my area scout who believed in me in the first place. For my family. For the coaching staff I've had the privilege of working with. The Blue Jays. The whole front office. Everyone who believed in me. I just kept coming up in the system and the chances they've given me, it means a lot really."

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Jansen's mother will be at the Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., an annual part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Celebration.

His father, brother, and uncles will watch Jansen at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday.

It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Jansen, earning a spot in two All-Star festivities, but there's something a bit more special about the Futures Game. He will represent the Blue Jays organization along with shortstop Bo Bichette, the best Blue Jays prospect not named Vladimir Guerrero Jr., on the U.S. team.

"There's so much talent both on USA and the World," Jansen said. "It's just going to be an awesome experience and I’m grateful and I'm looking forward to it."

Jansen, rated the No. 4 prospect in the Blue Jays organization, has positioned himself as the catcher of the future for Toronto. The 23-year-old is batting .287 with 42 runs batted in.

But the baseball item Jansen is most proud of is the craft of catching. Calling a good game is part scouting, part art form. And Jansen has spent his time working on his skills with a pitching staff that has Major League time.

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"I've seen a lot more work behind the plate when it really matters," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said of Jansen. "His communication with the pitchers is outstanding and with the other catchers. They're really sharing ideas and learning from each other. In Danny's case, he's learned a lot by watching another catcher who is good defensively and he's been able to learn little details.

"He's come a long way as far as calling the right pitches and communicating with (the pitching staff) and feeling comfortable doing it. That relationship with the pitchers is so important. There's a comfort level he has with them now."

The Futures Game will be aired live on the MLB Network and streamed at at 4 p.m. on July 15.

The United States owns an all-time 12-7 edge over the World and won the 2017 Futures Game 7-6 in Miami.

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