Steve Janas off to a strong start in Carolina

Have the Braves found another pitching prospect in Steve Janas?

Carolina starter Steve Janas won his second game of the young season Saturday night as he pitched seven innings in Salem. Janas allowed just one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Janas now has allowed just one earned run in his 13 innings in his first two starts, with no walks and 11 strikeouts. He's allowed just six hits.

The tall (6-6) right-hander turns 23 on Tuesday. Janas was a sixth round pick for the Braves two years ago out of Kennesaw State. Last season Janas was in Rome and made 18 appearances (17 starts). He was 2-6 with a 4.52 ERA, with only 61 strikeouts in 97.2 innings of work.

Late last season Janas did well in his final two starts of the year. He allowed two earned runs in 13 innings. August was his strongest month, as he had a 3.75 ERA in six starts. Perhaps his work has simply carried over to this season.

There has been a lot of talk about Atlanta's pitching prospects this spring, but Janas has rarely been mentioned. Maybe now Janas is getting on the radar as a more serious prospect if he continues his solid pitching.

How great would it be for the Braves if a pitcher that was not high on the prospect list were to emerge as a solid option for the future. Considering Janas is almost 23 years old, he would likely be promoted quickly to AA if he continues to do well. It's only two starts, but it's certainly a solid beginning to the new season for Steve Janas.

Listen to “The Bill Shanks Show” from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 AM in Macon and online at Follow Bill at and email him at

Atlanta Dugout Top Stories