Janish Signs with Rockies
I always wanted to see my name in headlines …
No worries, I’m not packing up for Colorado to be the Rockies’ bullpen catcher. Rather, Paul Janish has signed a minor-league deal with the Rox. In addition to having a great surname, the shortstop has great hands, strong arm, and stellar glove. Unfortunately, he can’t hit — essentially, he’s a modern-day Mario Mendoza. He’s so poor offensively, I don’t allow him to pronounce his last name correctly, to save the family from embarrassment.
Seriously, though, in which scenario would the Mets be better off, in the event Ruben Tejada went down? Omar Quintanilla‘s below-average to average defense and .220 hitting, or Paul Janish’s excellent defense and .190-.210 hitting? In similar MLB time, Quintanilla has a career .584 OPS (in 1131 plate appearances), while Janish is at .572. (1206 PA). Strangely enough, Janish puts the ball in play more often than one might expect for such a low-average hitter — he’s struck out 175 times in his career, or about once every 7 plate appearances (6.9 to be exact). That’s not very good, but I’d expect more whiffs from a guy who is constantly struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line (in contrast, Quintanilla has struck out 233 times, or once about every 5 times to the plate (4.85).
What’s the point? Personally, if I can’t get much offense at a position, then I’d like to at least get very good defense if possible. The two positions on the field where I’d consider giving up offense completely in return for outstanding defense are catcher and shortstop, because I believe that defense at those two positions can have more of an impact on winning (or losing) than any other place on the field (well, except for the guy standing on the little hill in the middle of the diamond). But, that’s just me; I’m sure there are stats somewhere that completely squash my theory.
Not that it matters — what’s done is done. Quintanilla is back with the Mets, and Janish is with the Rockies. And I just had a great excuse to type “Janish” a half-dozen times.
What’s your thought? If it’s not Ruben Tejada at shortstop — for whatever reason — are you happy with Quintanilla? Would you prefer someone with a better glove? Would you go with a lesser glove, and better bat? Would you like to see me warming up pitchers in Colorado? Sound off in the comments.