Monday, April 9, 2012

Paul Janish is the International League's Player of the Week

Janish is on fire to start 2012.
Look who's making noise for the Louisville Bats. After being one of the last players to be left off the Reds' 25-man roster, Paul Janish is doing his best to get back to Cincinnati. After the first four games, Janish has been named the Hitter of the Week by the International League, according to press release from minor league baseball.

It took Janish all of one game to hit more home runs than he did in all of 2011. He did so by hitting two on Opening Day. So far he leads the Bats with a .429 average, six hits, two homers, 14 total bases, while slugging 1.000. Early in the season, it appears that Janish is making it known that he is ready to be back with the big league club when the time comes.

Here is the full text of the press release, regarding Janish:

"Over the first four days of the 2012 season, Louisville shortstop Paul Janish hit .429 (6-14) and led the International League with two home runs, 14 total bases, and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Janish was the hero on Opening Day in Columbus, homering twice including a two-out, 9th inning solo shot that gave the Bats a 5-4 victory. Janish would go on to collect four more hits over the next three games, including two doubles. All four of his extra-base hits during the week came in the 6th inning or later.

29-year-old Paul Janish is in his ninth season of professional baseball, having spent his entire career within the Cincinnati organization. Janish has seen significant time in the Major Leagues during each of the past four seasons, including 114 games with the Reds in 2011. Janish is a native of Houston, Texas."

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