Shortstop Paul Janish is a fairly soft-spoken, unassuming guy off the field. But he’s confident in his ability to play shortstop and rightly so.
Third baseman Chipper Jones had a pretty good view of the diving play Janish made in left field foul territory Wednesday night, which earned him an ESPN web gem. Jones said he told Janish that his play got the Turner Field crowd into the game, after an early 3-0 deficit had kept them pretty quiet.
“It was funny,” Jones said. “That kind of ignited the crowd. I said, ‘Get ‘em up, Jani.’ And he got up and goes, ‘Yeah that was a pretty good play.’”
The Braves traded for Janish from the Cincinnati Reds mainly for his glove, to fill in while Andrelton Simmons is out with a broken hand. (Simmons is scheduled to get his cast off Friday and is likely two more weeks from returning.) Janish has made all the plays and more since he arrived.
“He’s been everything I’ve expected and beyond my expectations really,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who said he got good reviews from Triple-A manager Dave Brundage, who’d seen him play for Louisville. “We got a lot of great recommendations about him, but you don’t appreciate the guy until you see him every day. Good baseball head too. He’s in the game. He’s sharp.”