Janish impressing with his glove

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.”

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David from Athens, AL

August 2nd, 2012
6:36 pm

Simmons and Paul for many years to come … SS in good shape

go-BRAVOS

August 2nd, 2012
6:46 pm

Janish could be the new Rafeal Belliard.

Go Braves!

Nerdbucket Moylan

August 2nd, 2012
6:47 pm

Cant wait for simmons to get back with his capable bat. Sent jack wilson packing and keep janish on the pine

Big Al

August 2nd, 2012
7:06 pm

Yanish is great defensively, but Simmons is also good and has a good bat.Simmons can wait until he matures a bit, but what I saw was that he’s ready now. Let Fredi decide, a good problem to have… two good young shortstops.

Big Al

August 2nd, 2012
7:10 pm

Not currently worried about SS, who will be at third base next year. It is hard to replace a HOF player.

MiaBchBravesFan

August 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

Love Paul Janish. Sorry, but Wilson’s gotta go. He’ll make a great September callup just for his veteran presence in helping the three young infielders – Simmons, Janish, & Pastornicky. However, Janish or Pastornicky get the playoff nod if the Braves make it. I mean, REALLY, what playoff experience can Wilson bring to the table? None, so he can sit on the bench and act as a veteran advisor. His days as a viable MLB player are WAY over; time to let the youngbloods take over and earn their playoff stripes.

MiaBchBravesFan

August 2nd, 2012
7:45 pm

Of course, the scenario mentioned above has Simmons as a playoff starter, with Janish or Pastornicky as backup. My nod goes to Janish over Pastornicky.

iTiSi

August 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm

Pretty impressed with his bat myself ! From what we heard he couldn’t hit any better than grandma.

ATLcracker

August 2nd, 2012
10:24 pm

None of the three are suited to be the BACKUP infielder. Pastornicky can’t field well enough or hit well enough to be a bench guy yet. At this point in his career he should be in the minors playing everyday. Yanish is perfect while Simmons is out because you have to have the everyday defense but when Simmons comes back that backup guy needs to be able to pinch hit. Neither Wilson or Janish can play that role. I can’t think of another team that keeps a purely defensive player in that role if the starter has good/great defense. They need a hitter in that role (average or less than average defense is OK). Keep thinking of Prado as the backup infielder even though he stays in left field until needed and find a hitter -infielder or outfielder doesn’t matter.

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braveslover

August 3rd, 2012
12:29 am

PJ has settled the infield down after Simmons was hurt. Stellar defensive player and his average is creeping up. At the rate his avg is going up and Uggly’s is going down Uggly will be batting 8th next week. We’re paying a gazillion million for a one month a year hitter? Sit Uggly down and play Janish at second when Simmons comes back. (Bet I’ll get raked for that suggestion)

Quack Quack

August 3rd, 2012
12:34 am

Yeah, and when he came here, everybody said he is not a hitter, he is here for his glove. Oh, I now see him getting a little bold at the plate, and he is at bat for at bat out hitting his neighbor Dan Uggla, Imagine that!!!

Good job Paul Janish on both sides of the field. Thanks…..We’re glad your here!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Quack Quack

August 3rd, 2012
12:36 am

Woops….”you’re” not your

Ralph

August 3rd, 2012
7:55 am

MiaBchBravesFan
August 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

You really wouldn’t waste one of the four roster additions on Wilson would you? What I want in Sept is a couple good arms and a couple of good bats.

milesarcher33

August 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Question: What is Jair Jurrgen’s status? Is he still on the team? in the bull pen? officially removed from the starting rotation? back at Triple A? DFA’ed? released? traded ? WhaT?

Ralph

August 3rd, 2012
11:35 am

milesarcher33

He’s on the DL

Preston Thompson

August 3rd, 2012
12:36 pm

JJ is on the disabled list? I think that just a way of saying they’re lookin for a trade. Good luck.

And that P Janish, what in the world was he doing at triple A? He’s as good as I’ve seen play for the Braves. For a non hitter he ain’t bad either.

Mark's for the Braves

August 3rd, 2012
12:45 pm

So when is Jack WIlson going to be released?

Bravedav

August 3rd, 2012
2:16 pm

MiaBchBravesFan & Ralph – September callups are for players in the minor league system getting “called up”. Wilson is not going down to AAA, too many years of service in the bigs. He’ll be waived/released if anything.

BravesWin

August 3rd, 2012
2:23 pm

If you’ll remember, “they” said Simmons had a weak bat this spring…Let’s go with Simmons (when he returns) and Janish.

my tkc

August 3rd, 2012
2:25 pm

All you Frank Wren haters have been eating more crow than Mrs. Crow’s boyfriend lately.

CRMAC300

August 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Janish definitely needs to stay with the team. Jack Wilson brings nothing to the table. Janish at least makes contact at the plate, which already makes him a better hitter than Uggla! Hope Simmons is able to continue his good work at the plate when he gets back. He wasn’t considered to be all that good of a hitter when called up, but has surprised. Hope that wasn’t a fluke.

the truth...

August 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

@ATLcracker

Your statements and the logic around Janish and Simmons are pretty blind to the history of winning.

Defense can be just as important as offense….and so the backup SS position mandates defense over offense…

Witness………….Rafael Belliard behind Jeff Blauser….need I say more? If so then I’m wasting my breath. Sure if you have a .300 hitting Ozzie Smith land in your lap then there’s no choice….

Just remember that the defense alone of a Janish vs a Pastornicky is potentially a run a game; and I don’t think anyone here thinks that Pastornicky is worth that run offensively….plus he is apt to cost you runs defensively….

A no brainer….Janish stays and Jack and Pasornicky go….

birdo

August 3rd, 2012
5:33 pm

Send Wilson packing. Janish is the best I have see in the SS position. From my view his hitting is coming around. He is a ball player, gives you everything he has. He needs to stick around.

Screwball

August 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

Frank Wren has run into some luck (OK, he stepped in Sheets and came out smelling like a rose.) Janish is a nice add. Johnson and Maholm are quality if unspectacular. Results pending. I give him credit for a workmanlike job. That is the Braves way.

Yet he also created the near panic in Braves world by doing nothing – basically – and going into this year with the same roster that gagged up their lunch in September.

I think Wren has saved his job, win or flop between now and the post-season. But if the Braves don’t make at least a WC, Fredi will be the fall guy. (and Roger).

ATLcracker

August 3rd, 2012
6:54 pm

the truth
Defense is very important thus the statement that Janish was the perfect choice until Simmons gets back. However when Simmons gets back then you have the situation where the starter is better offensively AND defensively than the potential backup – Yanish or Wilson. You are never going to take Simmons out for a late inning defensive replacement so the Blauser/Belliard analogy doesn’t apply. Yanish goes to Gwinnett and you bring him back the next day if Simmons gets hurt again. We need a bat on the bench. I agree Pastornicky should still be in the Minors.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
3:15 pm

@my tkc; Hey man I agree 100%; cause I ‘fess up, I’ve given uncle fw heck especially the last couple of years until now, just a hate’n on ‘em, & now the moves he pulled off we’re shrewd, he kept his poker face in the Dempster deal. I gotta give our GM props for that, didn’t give in to ‘em like other gm’s. & he’s doin’ all he can do w/ the hands he’s dealt. So I’m glad he proved me wrong. Yeah, I need alot of seasoning w/ my crow, tastes bitter sweet, but it’s not the 1st time. My wife gives me crow once every 2 weeks, twice a month to keep me humble or honest. I need it. I’m all fired up! O’l fw & the brass has got me a’ reel’n about these Bravos!

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