Saturday, July 14, 2012

Howdy Paul Janish!

With Andrelton Simmons hurt and Jack Wilson suffering from severe sucktitude (plus his finger hurts real bad), Atlanta send Todd Redmond (he of 101 games with Gwinnett, 0 with Atlanta) to the Cincinnati Red Legs for Paul Janish.  First, a moment of remembrance for Redmond.  Acquired in spring training of 2008 for Tyler Yates, Redmond was the Southern League Pitcher of the Year that year and has spent the last 3.5 years with Gwinnett like a modern day Brad Woodall

Janish is 29 years-old and has been around since 2004 when he was a fifth round selection from Rice University.  He made it to AAA in his third full season, the majors the following year in 2008 for 38 games.  After a terrible .601 OPS in 90 games in the bigs during 2009, Janish showed some worth in 2010 with a .260 average to go with his .723 OPS while playing in 82 games.  However, he regressed to .214 last year and has spent this year with Louisville, the Reds' AAA team.

With Janish, you aren't expecting much in terms of offense.  When a .723 OPS is a high-performance season, your expectations must be muted and true to form, he was hitting .237 for L'ville this year.  However, what you do expect is defense and Janish has been able to provide that.  While he has appeared on occasion at second and third in the bigs, the bulk of his time has come at shortstop where he has strong metrics.  He won't outperform Simmons in the field, but he's much better than Wilson is at this point in Wilson's career.

He doesn't have much experience as a utility player and has typically stuck at short, but has 21 MLB games at third and twelve at second base.  He even got on the mound for a couple of games in 2009 during blowouts.

Janish is a fix to the situation, though I don't think it means Frank Wren has to stop looking for better players.  The injury to Wilson forced a move.  Now, the Braves don't have to overspend on a player just to make a move.  The price tag for a guy like Marco Scutaro was probably too high so Wren's hoping it will come down before the deadline.  If the price tag for a bench player remains too high, the Braves at least have something for the short term.

That said...still hoping the Braves can find a bat for the middle infield.

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