|Cincinnati Reds — No. 7|
October 12, 1982
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 14, 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2009 season)
|Runs batted in||22|
|Career highlights and awards|
Janish attended Cypress Creek High School where he played shortstop and pitched for the Cougars. He was named to the 2001 Texas 5A All-State team. Janish played for Rice University. In 2002, he played in 61 games at shortstop, had a batting average of .299, and was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Star team. In 2003, the Rice Owls baseball team won the College World Series as Janish played in 68 games for the team. Janish had his best batting average in 2004 with the Owls, hitting .345, and hitting 9 home runs and 16 doubles as he was named to the WAC All-Star team. During the 2004 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds wanted to get position players where they needed them early due to an apparent lack of depth, and as a result chose Janish with the 138th pick in the 5th round of the draft.
In his first professional season, Janish batted .263 with 2 home runs and 22 RBI in 66 games for the rookie league Billings Mustangs. He had his best game of the season in a 7-3 win on August 15 of that year at Missoula as he went 4-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Following the season, he was the first recipient of the Dernell Stenson Award as MVP of the Florida Instructional League.
Janish entered the season as the #10 ranked prospect in the Reds organization according to Baseball America. He batted .245 with 5 home runs and 29 RBI in 55 games at Single-A Dayton. On June 8, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and missed the remainder of the season.
Began the season at Dayton and after 26 games was promoted to Sinlge-A Advanced Sarasota, where he played in 91 games and batted .278 (9 home runs, 55 RBI, 8 stolen bases). He had the fourth-best strikeout to at-bat ratio in the Florida State League (1 every 10.08 plate appearances). On August 30, he was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga and played the last 4 games of the season with the Lookouts (.267, 4 hits).
Began the season by participating in his first major league spring training camp. He spent most of the year at Chattanooga, but made his Triple-A debut playing the last 55 games of the season at Louisville. When he was promoted on July 8, he ranked second in the Southern League in doubles (21) and 5th among all Double-A players in walks (50). Following the season, his strike zone discipline was rated by Baseball America as the best in the organization. On August 9, he hit his first career grand slam off Indianapolis Indians' pitcher Marty McLeary; this was his first career grand slam and his first Triple-A homer. On November 20, he was added to the major league 40-man roster.
Janish began the season with Louisville, hitting .293 in 35 games (4 hr, 20 rbi) before being promoted to the major league club after a string of injuries to middle infielders. He returned to the club on June 27, but was recalled in September.
Janish recorded a game-winning hit in his first major league game and second major league at-bat. Janish had been called up that day to replace an injured Jeff Keppinger. The Reds had blown a six run lead in the top of the 9th inning of a May 14, 2008, game against the Florida Marlins. With the score tied at 6, Janish hit an RBI single against Renyel Pinto to score Johnny Cueto for the game winner. On May 18, 2008, Janish got his first major league start at shortstop. He went 3-3 with a walk as the Reds won 6-4 against the Cleveland Indians and then major league leader in ERA Cliff Lee. On June 26, the Reds optioned Janish to Louisville to make room for Jerry Hairston, Jr., who had been activated from the disabled list.
Janish made the Opening Day roster and spent the entire year with the club, although he saw little playing time and was primarily a reserve infielder. Interestingly enough, Janish's most notable appearances of the year came on the pitching mound in blowout games. Janish was, for the second time this year, brought in to pitch when the game was out of hand and the bullpen was exhausted. He gave up 4 hits, 2 walks and 6 runs, including a grand slam, closing out a 22-1 slaughtering by the Phillies. In 2 career innings, his ERA is now 49.5 and his FIP is 16.20, but has also registered three strike outs.