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10/12/1982 (34 y, 4 m, 12 d)
2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 7, Overall: 138, Team: Cincinnati Reds
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Janish elected to become a free agent Thursday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. (10/13/2016)
Paul Janish on (Not) Hitting
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You know we’ve come a long way from the late-90s when Paul Janish looks like a relatively decent option at shortstop in fantasy baseball. This isn’t the Nomar/A-Rod/Jeter/Tejada era anymore, and no longer can owners look down their noses on shortstops who can play every day and potentially provide a little bit of pop. Janish isn’t the strongest guy in the world, but he showed some pop in the minors and plays in a park that can turn fly balls into home runs with regularity. As a good defender, Janish should get the bulk of the playing time, even with World Series hero Edgar Renteria lurking in the background. If Dusty Baker gives him 500 at-bats, he could launch double digit home runs, and in this day and age of scarce offense from the position, that makes him worth drafting if you’re going cheap at the position. Given the expensive options, that’s not the worst idea in the world. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
He's not much of a hitter, but neither are his peers - he does provide a pretty high likelihood of regular playing time and some chance to hit a few bombs, and that makes him better than a lot of the other crap available.
Janish was underwhelming in 2011 after looking like he had some fantasy potential in limited playing time in 2010. In truth, even another acceptable-but-uninspiring campaign probably wouldn’t have been enough to keep the starting job for Janish in 2012, as Zack Cozart had already taken some of his playing time before getting hurt just 11 games into his professional debut. Janish will likely be Cozart’s backup, and while he may get a few games a month of playing time, it will take either another injury or a prolonged bout of severe ineffectiveness to get Janish back in the starting lineup at Cozart’s expense. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
There will be unprepared people who take Janish because they know the name and because he was the starter last year. Do not be one of these people. Cozart will be the starter and, unless he is mortally wounded in April, will render Janish a bench bat nearly bereft of fantasy value.
Paul Janish got a chance in Atlanta after starter Andrelton Simmons went down with an injury midseason. Janish's real life value is all dependent on his defense, as his bat is truly abysmal. This makes him useless in fantasy formats regardless of playing time. He will be the backup behind Simmons this season, so may see time if an injury occurs to one of the Braves' middle infielders. Either way, he should not be on anybody's fantasy radar. (Ben Duronio)
The slick-fielding Janish is deceptively old and is entering his age-31 season. He was non-tendered by the Braves and remains un-signed as of this writing. Janish can't hit worth a lick, so fantasy owners can easily ignore him. Fans of the real world sport shouldn't mind if their team signs him to a minor league contract since his good defense can be leveraged in a late inning role. His defense isn't superlatively good, so there's really nothing to get excited about. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Janish is a good defender and utility infielder. Unfortunately for him, he's compiled over 1,200 terrible plate appearances, and he's probably out of chances.
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