Janish even better than advertised at shortstop

Janish even better than advertised at shortstop

Janish even better than advertised at shortstop
ATLANTA -- When the Braves acquired shortstop Paul Janish in a trade with the Reds on July 14, they knew they were getting a premium defensive player to replace injured rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons. In Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Marlins, Janish showed the Braves just how good he can be.

Jose Reyes led off the third inning for the Marlins and lofted a popup down the left-field line into no-man's land. Left fielder Martin Prado, third baseman Chipper Jones and Janish all converged on the ball before Janish fully extended on a dive to make the catch.

Janish laid on the ground for a moment before Jones reached him.

"That kind of ignited the crowd, and I said, 'Get 'em up Janny,'" Jones said. "He got up and said, 'Yeah, that was a pretty good play.'"

Manager Fredi Gonzalez was surprised Janish was able to get to the ball.

"No question in my mind it's going to drop," Gonzalez said.

In his first few weeks with the Braves, Janish has not only made the flashy, spectacular plays, he also has made all of the routine ones, Gonzalez said.

"He's been everything I expected and beyond my expectations, really," Gonzalez said. "You don't appreciate a guy until you see him do everything."