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Braves Acquire Paul Janish: Scouting The Newest Shortstop In Atlanta

The Braves acquired Paul Janish on Saturday, a shortstop from the Reds. A 29-year-old veteran, Janish won't hit for much in Atlanta, but he's a strong defensive option to fill in as Andrelton Simmons recovers from a broken pinky. According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Janish will report to the Braves tomorrow and be in the starting lineup.

All of Janish's experience in the major leagues has come with the Reds. He's appeared in 324 games, hitting to the tune of .221/.289/.302 in 975 plate appearances. He's a right-handed batter. His defense is probably a bit better than Jack Wilson's and a lot better than Tyler Pastornicky. According to DRS (Defensive Runs Saved), he's at +20 for his career at shortstop, which is very solid.

Basically, expect a player in the mold of Jack Wilson, with perhaps slightly better numbers at the plate. Frank Wren wanted to add some experience to his roster as Simmons recovers, and he did exactly that.

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