Janish has proven to be key addition for Braves

SAN DIEGO – When rookie shortstop sensation Andrelton Simmons broke a bone in his throwing hand in the last game before the All-Star break, the Braves figured to take a significant step back defensively until he returned.

Who would’ve thought a trade for a 29-year-old Triple-A shortstop could so effectively fill the defensive void? But it did.

Paul Janish had one error in 188 defensive chances for Atlanta before Monday and led National League shortstops with a .995 fielding percentage since the All-Star break. Janish has started 42 of 43 games since coming over from the Reds organization in a July 14 trade for minor league pitcher Todd Redmond.

“Our scouts did a terrific job getting Yonny,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “If we didn’t have him, I just can’t see another guy out there filling the position the way he’s filled it for us. Not without giving up big-time people. We gave up a young pitcher. [Redmond] is a journeyman right-hander and we give him up for this guy – man, oh man, that’s a pretty good trade.”

Simmons’ recovery has been steady but slower than expected, and the Braves aren’t expected to him back from the disabled list before the second week of September. He’ll play some injury-rehab games in the minor leagues — probably in playoff games, since the minor league season ends next week.

Whether or not Janish reverts to a backup role as soon as Simmons returns, Gonzalez said he’s “absolutely” done enough to warrant consideration for a Braves utility job next season. Janish played primarily shortstop for nine seasons in the Reds organization, but has experience at second and third base.

Janish played parts of the past four seasons in the majors with Cincinnati, but was in Triple-A for all of 2012 before the Braves traded for him. They expected him to play solid if not spectacular defense and provide very little offense. He’s surpassed expectations in both areas.

Although hitting just .207 with a .279 on-base percentage and nine RBIs in 140 at-bats before Monday, Janish was 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position and two outs, and had a two-run triple Sunday at San Francisco to push the Braves’ lead to 5-0 in a 7-1 series-finale win against the Giants.

“He’s shown a knack for getting big hits,” Gonzalez said. “Great guy, good teammate, can really, really pick it.”

September callups

Gonzalez said the Braves probably wouldn’t make more than a handful of September roster additions. Teams can expand rosters beginning Saturday.

“I don’t think we’ll have any surprises, really,” he said. “It’ll be a backup catcher. [Jose] Constanza for another outfielder — I would think he’d be the guy, speed guy. And then see where Simmons is at, where [DL'd infielder] Jack Wilson’s at. Then maybe two or three pitchers.”

Gonzalez was non-commital when asked if pitchers Randall Delgado and/or Julio Teheran might be added.

Shaka Chipper?

If you thought a team might have trouble coming up with something new and different to give retiring Braves third baseman Chipper Jones at this point of his farewell tour, you were wrong.

The Padres presented him with a surfboard in a presentation at home plate before Monday night’s series opener at Petco Park. Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, an avid surfer, was on hand to present the ‘board to Jones, an avid hunter.

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Jeff

August 27th, 2012
10:34 pm

Seems like the perfect opportunity to bring Moylan back up

Tom

August 27th, 2012
10:37 pm

not going there, and yes janish has been awesome.

northbeach Scott

August 27th, 2012
10:41 pm

Well said DOB. Jannish has been a key contributor and it could not have happened to a more deserving fellow who has paid his dues. Mark one for the good guys in life,

JoeBravesFan

August 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

Janish has given Jack Wilson reason to worry. Spectacular trade by FW. Constanza deserves a regular role on the big club. If Bourn leaves, I expect Constanza to stay in Atlanta for his speed ability alone.

Ken Stallings

August 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

Janish’s defense is stellar and steady. However, his hitting has made a positive impact because of his knack for timely hits that produce RBI’s. But, that might just be a good run of good fortune. However, his glove certainly makes him a very valuable utility player for spot relief on days off and nagging injuries to other infielders.

This is another in what have been a series of columns written on one player on the Braves roster. Bradley wrote another good one on Jason Heyward. This is a welcome change of pace!

It is clear that Prado has emerged as an All-Star worthy starter. The question is what position will he play predominantly for next season? The Braves have a very difficult decision with regard to Dan Uggla. Nice guy, but a truly bad bat and two years is a trend. But, his contract is going to be nearly impossible to just eat. If you trade him, there’s a part of you that sits in dread that he’ll regain the .250 average, .380 OBA, 25 homers, 75-80 RBI clip and you’ll regret it forever!

But, you cannot just keep sending a man out there who is barely hitting over .200 and at best on a clip for a .340 OBA with 18 homers and 70 RBI. It’s not an easy choice. but it has to be seriously considered.

Ken Stallings

August 27th, 2012
10:44 pm

And a surfboard! Really, a surfboard for Chipper! Narly, dude…. eh, I’m thinking it doesn’t get much use! At least not by Chipper!

Ken Stallings

August 27th, 2012
10:46 pm

Ooops, sorry David, you wrote the Heyward column!

Bronke

August 27th, 2012
11:37 pm

Not sure the Braves heads are in the Game tonight. Maybe too much fanfare with Chipper. Come on with this rookie. Put some heart into this game please. Keep the fir going!

Retired six years too late

August 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

Bobbie Lite got McCann and Uggla back in the line up following each other which is automatically two outs each time this duo bats or DP if a runner is on first. Why didn’t Bobbie Lite use the line-up that won yesterday in San Fran? The guy(Bobbie Lite) is a Moron. Fire him right now. This team will never advance in the playoff with Bobbie Lite @ The Helm.

Bronke

August 27th, 2012
11:53 pm

This game has loss written all over it . Sad to see after a great game yesterday. Where is the urgency? St Louis is creeping up behind them. Time to play solid fearless baseball. It seems like Heyward is the only one coming to play tonight:(

Art Vandelay

August 27th, 2012
11:53 pm

Hey, Retired: we get it, ok? You don’t like Fredi, and you’re very proud of the completely unoriginal “Bobbie Lite” that you’ve trademarked. First problem: It’s Bobby. With a Y. Second problem: Fredi Gonzalez is currently the manager for a team with the fifth best record in all of baseball. He may know what he’s doing. And you may be a putz.

Ken Stallings

August 28th, 2012
12:08 am

Thought Uggla was finally going to hit a solo homer, but with the cool air in San Diego, it was caught at the base of the 396 wall in center field.

Caseyatthebat

August 28th, 2012
12:15 am

Didn’t Bourne sort of fall off in the second half last year? It seems he has this year.

Caseyatthebat

August 28th, 2012
12:18 am

Hey Art Vandalay……….if you don’t know what Fredi is by now there’s no hope for you.

Duh-Uggla

August 28th, 2012
12:34 am

Hmmm…. Monday night? or was tonight chalked up to jet lag again?

Jwalker

August 28th, 2012
12:37 am

David, not that he cost us the game tonight, but why the heck is Miguel Batista even on the 40-man roster? The guy is 41 and washed up. He got released by the Mets who have major bullpen needs. So how can he go from getting cut from a bad pen, to pitching in a very good pen? Cory G. is much better & I’m sure some of the other prospects could be as effective. Just curious why he is on the team.

lee maye

August 28th, 2012
12:55 am

Because Fredi and Wren believe veterans to be the answer. See Lyle Overbay debut as a Braves on Sept 1. Bautista is horrible. He almost gave up a HR and then did give up 2 hits and a run. Cory Gearin is much better.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 28th, 2012
12:56 am

Jet lag? Surely they didn’t fly from San Francisco to San Diego… I would chalk this one up on Gonzalez’s inability to stick with the same lineup that just put up 7 runs yesterday.

Bourn CF, Johnson LF, Heyward RF, Freeman 1B, Prado 2B, McCann C, Francisco 3B, Janish SS, (pitcher’s spot). 7 R, 10 H, 0 E
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Bourn CF, Prado LF, Heyward RF, Jones 3B, Freeman 1B, McCann C, Uggla 2B, Janish SS, (pitcher’s spot). 0 R, 4 H, 0 E

JC Boscan III

August 28th, 2012
1:07 am

The info on recent and September call-ups is disappointing. If you look at the Gwinnett stats, Buddy Carlyle has out-pitched Batista by FAR in 2012. Ernesto Mejia deserves a call-up — hitting over .300 with power, and hits well against both lefties and righties. Luis Durango has stolen over 40 bases. How can these guys be ignored…?! Our bench has been pathetic most of the year and could use more options for the stretch run……… (and before some moron says, “well, _____ isn’t on the 40-man roster”, there is room on the 40-man for some additions according to the Braves’ web site.) Plus, some of the people on the 40-man have had wretched years and might deserve to be removed…. GO BRAVES…..!

Jwalker

August 28th, 2012
1:10 am

I wonder Dan Uggla’s contract will end up looking worse than Lowe’s. Lowe always had high ERAs but did at least win 41 games in 3 yrs, Uggla is killing us

Jwalker

August 28th, 2012
1:17 am

I would have much more trust in Buddy Carlyle than Batista. I’d rather have 50-yr old Roger Clemens than 41-yr old Batista

Casey

August 28th, 2012
1:50 am

Cory Gearrin has 11 1/3 IP, 1 ER. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 10 games. Why would anyone choose Batista over him? Because, Wren and Gonzalez love the old geezers. That is obvious. Look at the way they avoided putting Medlen in the rotation. The team is 16-0 when he starts, but, they would rather search the ends of the earth for a couple of thirty somethings than give Medlen a shot. Now, look what he is doing. He is the best pitcher on the team.

They have Constanza, Durango, and Mejia right next door at Gwinnett, and they would rather go out and get Lyle Overbay than to give the young guys a chance.

You watch, if Wren and Gonzalez are allowed to continue, in a couple of years there will be no talent left in the organization. They will have an old washed up big league club with no prospects for the future.

Tyler P

August 28th, 2012
3:34 am

Paul Janish has been nothing but a burden on the Braves. You cannot make it to the majors if you cannot field a groundball. He cannot make the plays Everth Cabrera or even Yunel Escobar can make, so just because he gets a ton of ground balls hit directly to him does not mean that he is a solid replacement. We now have two pitchers hitting back to back every game. Glad were not scoring against pitchers in their mlb debuts because its ok for Paul to strike out.

MikeY

August 28th, 2012
6:13 am

In 2012 and looking at 2013, all our MI guys (Janish, Simmons, Pastornicky, Uggla, Prado) hit right-handed. It would sure be nice to have a lefty-hitting or switch-hitting MI so we could take advantage of some match-ups.

RBI

August 28th, 2012
6:50 am

Thank goodness for Janish.
They should not rush Simmons back. Let him heal completely, even if it means his season is over.

stew

August 28th, 2012
7:57 am

Uggla is third on the team in rbi’s. He should be batting cleanup.

Rick in Macon

August 28th, 2012
9:51 am

The only way we get rid of Frank Wren and Fredi Gonzalez is to vote with your feet, people. Don’t attend the games and support their continued mismanagement of this team. I can’t believe John S. has let them ruin everything he worked to build over the years.

JT Grace

August 28th, 2012
10:18 am

I would really love an explanation as to why the Braves refuse to give Ernesto Mejia a chance. He’s only hit 24 home runs while batting .303 in AAA this year. There are multiple spots on the 40 man roster for him. The Braves could use a RH power hitter on the bench for the stretch run.

Also, the Braves need to call up Teheran and Delgado after their AAA season is over. They would be better than the over-the-hill Miguel Batista. Heck, Delgado would be better than Tommy Hanson as the #5 starter.

DiamondbackMac

August 28th, 2012
10:44 am

Ken Stallings

Narly, dude…. eh, I’m thinking it doesn’t get much use! At least not by Chipper!

It was just a presentation board, a wall hanger, no fins and extremely light.

Bob the Blogger

August 28th, 2012
11:16 am

Cory has been lights out both at Gwinnette and Atlanta. Batista isn’t even close. That was a perplexing choice by the Braves.

Another player that needs to be called up is Constanza. Prado could play more at second, and Constanza could give us something offensively compared to Uggla. Pastornicky might even be an upgrade at this point.

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August 28th, 2012
11:36 am

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BusterBrave

August 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

Tippin’ my Cap today………

Bernie

August 28th, 2012
2:56 pm

what’s janish’s batting average then he’s part of the problem

bobbymahlon

August 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

Yanish has proven to be a very reliable defensive short stop but because of the lack of hitting from Uggla and McCann we cannot afford his poor and light hitting. That is why Simmons was so great because when he got hurt he was hitting so well in addition to his great defense. What with all of Simmons time off I would be surprised if he could hit like he was before he got hurt. So maybe we have got to go with Yanish this year and like the Cubs “wait to next year”.

tdawgmoney

August 28th, 2012
4:09 pm

Yonny has been ok defensively…….ok, better than ok. But the facts are this….you can not catch a division leader with 3 pitcher’s bats at the bottom of the order……you simply CAN NOT DO IT.

bobbymahlon

August 28th, 2012
4:13 pm

Why is Freddi so reluctant to bring up Gattis and Mejia. We could use there right hand power bats for pinch hitting instead of Pastor and Hinske.

bobbymahlon

August 28th, 2012
4:17 pm

St Louis has almost caught us and besides them we have got to start winning or Pittsburgh or the LA Dodgers will catch us and than we are out of luck.

Don in TN

August 28th, 2012
4:19 pm

We used to see Paul Janish when he played with the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. I’m glad to see him with the Braves and doing well, especially his great defense.

Wrecker

August 28th, 2012
4:46 pm

I like Gearrin. Good local kid from Mercer by way of Tennessee. But don’t think that he provides anything we need. He is a one inning, right-handed finesse pitcher (311 innings in 225 games in the minors; sinking fastball in the low 90’s and a low-80’s slider). We have that guy already and his name is Chad Durbin.

Mikey

August 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

Just get a kick out of reading some of these ridiculous comments “surly the Braves didn’t fly between San Fran & San Diego”….dude it’s 500 friggin miles! like from ATL to DC…certainly didn’t take a bus! “Janish has been a burden to the Braves???? Best fielding % in NL since allstar break maybe the reason the Braves have one of the lowest era’s. Any idea of what HOF Ozzie Smith’s LTBA is?? .262 ……ok I feel better

David O'Brien

August 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado ss, Heyward rf, Jones 3b, Freeman 1b, Johnson lf, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Medlen p

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

August 28th, 2012
8:02 pm

And the moral of this story is……….listen to your scouts.

Wink

August 28th, 2012
8:54 pm

Props for Janish, mean it time for Simmons to come back.

Fredi G alert….probably will send Simmons to play in MINORS playoffs and sit him on bench as a September call up.

Which is ok, but not the same thing he did to Constanza last year, when Chipper & Prado came off the DL. His overt favortism sucks!

Wink

August 28th, 2012
8:56 pm

At least he has the guts to bat Uggla 8th, since he can’t seem to find the stones to sit Uggla down!

September Call-Ups « Brave Decisions

August 31st, 2012
10:59 am

[...] Fredi Gonzalez has said that there will only be a handful of call ups and none of them will be big surprises. My guess is Simmons, Wilson, Constanza, Overbay, Boscan, Sheets, Gearrin, Varvaro, Delgado, Teheran. Ten players seems closer to two handfuls, but we will wait and see. [...]

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