With a shortage of shortstops due to injuries, the Atlanta Braves were forced to dip into their reserve of young talent to fill that gap. Atlanta sent Triple-A Gwinnett right-handed starting pitcher Todd Redmond to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Triple-A Louisville infielder Paul Janish.
Janish is supposed to report to the Braves Sunday to be ready for the series finale against the New York Mets. The young infielder played 114 games with the Reds in 2011 and hit .214, but has spent all of 2012 in Louisville.
Braves general manager Frank Wren made this statement about the Reds shortstop prospect:
“In evaluating after [Andrelton] Simmons was hurt and talking to our scouts, we felt Janish was the best defensive shortstop out there that we could acquire. He was the number one guy on our list.…He is a proven defensive talent and we felt for our club that was the most important aspect of the acquisition.”
It’s not known if this roster move will now return Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett, but when asked, Wren said “not necessarily”. Pastornicky was called up before Saturday’s game due to infielder Jack Wilson being injured on Friday. Wilson is currently listed as day-to-day on the Braves injury report.
Janish has three arbitration-eligible seasons before he can become a free agent, and is hitting .237, with 4 home runs and 11 RBI in 49 games with Louisville this season.
Redmond was 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett this season, and he had been scheduled to be a minor-league free agent after this year. In his minor league career, Redmond has 193 starts, going 69-56 with a 3.57 ERA.