Paul Ryan Janish is a professional baseball player from the United States of America and plays as a shortstop. Janish was a student at the Cypress Creek High School and played baseball for the team primarily as a shortstop as well as a pitcher. In 2001, he was named to the Texas 5A All-State team and later, graduated to attend Rice University in 2002. Janish played collegiate ball as a shortstop and in his freshman year, played 61 games with a .299 batting average. Janish was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Star team.
A couple of years later, he helped his team win the College World Series and played 68 games that season. The following year, he finally came good with a .345 batting average, hitting 9 homers with 16 doubles on his way to being named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Star team. He was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2004 MLB Draft at 138th overall.
In his rookie season, Janish played for the Billings Mustangs where he batted at .263 with 2 home runs and 22 RBI in a total of 66 appearances in the season. He won the Dernell Stenson award for his exploits through the season and was the MVP of the Florida Instructional League. Baseball America ranked Janish as number 10 on the list of top prospects in the Cincinnati Reds. He moved to the A-League Dayton Dragons and played at a batting average of .245 with 5 homers and 29 RBI. He had to undergo a Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
He was promoted to the Advanced A-League in 2006 after playing just 26 games for the Dragons. He joined the Sarasota Reds and played 91 games with a .278 batting average and hit 9 home runs and 55RBI on the way. Later that year, he was pulled up to the AA-League with the Chattanooga Lookouts for the last two games of the season.
He got his first invite the MLB Spring Training camp in 2007 and although he spent most of the time at the Lookouts but was moved up to the Louisville Bats for 55 games. He was second in terms of doubles with 21 and fifth in terms of walks, with 50. He began 2007 in the AAA-League and had a .293 batting average over 35 appearances with 4 home runs and 20 RBI. He only got 35 games because he was called up to the MLB team after numerous injury problems struck the Reds.