As you know, Cincinnati’s 2018 first round pick was Jonathan India, a third baseman from the University of Florida. It has been interesting to watch as the Reds appear to have learned an important lesson from their refusal to try their top prospect, Nick Senzel, at any other position — despite the athleticism to play elsewhere around the diamond — until he was on the verge of the majors.

India played the bulk of his games in his first minor league season at third base, but he also started 13 games at shortstop. He’s been out in the instructional league since the season ended, as you can read about in this profile by Bobby Nightengale. I was glad to see this quote, in particular:

During the instructional league, India was making small adjustments with his swing in his last few days in Arizona. The right-handed hitter received instruction from Barry Larkin, Eric Davis and other coaches after batting practice sessions.

“Just tweaking stuff with my swing a little bit,” India said. “Getting a little bit more reps. Infield-wise, I was working at short a lot. Just finding my footwork.”

Read the entire thing.

I don’t know if India can stick at shortstop, but it increases his potential ceiling if he can. And if he can’t handle the position, it’s best for the Reds to learn that now, rather than waiting until the very moment that he is ready to make his major league debut, like they did with Senzel.

Whether it’s at shortstop, third base, or elsewhere, I have high hopes for India. I eagerly await his Cincinnati debut in September of 2032.

50 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    This is good news.

    I have a feeling that India will be the “big time prospect” the Reds will use this offseason in a trade. With Senzel and Hunter Greene on the DL, India is the healthy one at the top. Could also be Taylor Trammell, especially if the Reds don’t see Trammell as a CF. I’m trying not to get too attached to India.

    • MrRed

      That could be, Steve. And honestly, I am ok with that trade if it improves the Reds roster for next several years. And by that, I mean obtaining a controllable talent, pitching or otherwise. This team is to the point that they have to take aggressive steps to improve the roster. But (and you know there has to be a but with the Reds), I am concerned that whatever the Reds decide to do with their personnel, it will be the wrong decision and made for the wrong reasons. Wish it weren’t so but I have to be realistic and brace for the ineptitude.

    • Rut

      Have to agree. Reds just don’t have any healthy “top” prospects, save Trammell as you mentioned.

      My read is opposite, though. I just don’t see the ammo for any trade of note, so unlike most Reds fans I just don’t see a good trade environment for the Reds this offseason. Add it to the timing woes of this rebuild, but winter of 18/19 is a sell low point for almost all of Reds prospects, and I don’t think we can get enough for India/Trammell to justify trading either.

      • Aaron Bradley

        I appreciate your logical argument.

    • greenmtred

      My instinct is to horde prospects. India, particularly if he can play short, seems like a valuable future cornerstone. But they’ll have to trade something of value to improve enough to compete in a year or two. I’m not optimistic that they’ll be good in that time frame, but unforeseen events can occur.

    • Ghettotrout1

      I think thats the exact reason why they are playing him at SS. I think they are going to try and market him as a SS to make him more valuable in trade.

    • D Ray White

      RE: The big offseason trade, I don’t believe the Reds are quite there from a strategic point. If the Reds only needed one pitcher to put the rotation over the top I’d say go for it. However, they need at least two, if not three pitchers to rise above the rotational dumpster fire. They’d have to empty the prospect cupboard to get there. Big Bob isn’t going to shell out an MLB average or above average payroll, so big FA pitching signings are out.

      As sad as it is to say, the Reds are better off to look for Mikolas-esque talent and forego the high-priced FA’s, while actively shopping Scooter/Iglesias/Hamilton/Hernandez/Hughes. Relievers are eminently replaceable. Sign a FA stopgap center fielder, let Senzel play 2b, and try to find a serviceable #4-5 starter.

      I hate saying all of this because I’m sick of losing, but the Reds are too far from the upper crust to go all in on a big pitching trade. Doing so might, at best, get the team to .500. Ownership’s bungling of the last 4 seasons has put the team in this position. They’ve wasted a significant chunk of Votto’s HoF career with sentimental scrubs and bobble head extravaganzas.

      • jveith1991

        The Reds definitely need to acquire two starting pitchers who will slot in at the top of their rotation in 2019 and beyond. After those two, I believe the Reds will use a combination of Castillo, DeSclafani, and one more from their remaining options. The question is whether the Reds want to shell out $18-$20 million a year for Keuchel or Corbin (who are both almost 30 years old). Or the Reds could try to trade prospects (India/Trammell) for a pitcher like Syndergaard or deGrom.

        If the Brewers showed anything this year, it’s that you don’t necessarily need a dominant rotation to win if you have an excellent bullpen. Chacin, Miley, and Guerra are all pitchers who have had less than impressive resumes leading up to this season.

    • jveith1991

      I’ve thought all along that the Reds will end up trading India. If I correctly remember hearing an interview Dick Williams did on WLW shortly after the draft, he even mentioned the possibility of India being used in a trade eventually if the Reds had no place to play him. I am okay with the Reds trading Trammell ***IF*** they sign a free agent CF this winter (someone like AJ Pollock). If they could pry a player like Kevin Kiermaier from the Rays in a trade, that might work too (though that may defeat the point of trading Trammell in the first place).

  2. I-71_Exile

    2032 is right around the corner! Wouldn’t want to rush him.

  3. Old-school

    India needs to play SS at Dayton and then Daytona in 2019. The winning window is 2020. Let 2019 play out and no new money to position players over 28- Gennett and Hamilton. The budget in 2020 could allow for $60-$80 million more for pitching and extensions. It also aligns much better with position player development- Senzel Winker Trammell.

    Sorting occurred in 2018. Just in a bad way. Finnegan and Homer and Stephenson pitched their way out of Cincinnati. The roles for Mahle and Romano and Lorenzen need more clarity in 2019. The ceilings of Garrett and Castillo need another year. Peraza needs another year of scrutiny.

    The new manager also needs 2019 to build his nucleus and establish his culture. Purge old salaries and clear the slate for wire to wire in 2020.

    • Ghettotrout1

      As much as I hate to watch another bad year I have to agree. Let Hamilton and Scooter roll off the books next year preferably a trade but we know how the Reds like to just let people walk e.g. Cozart. But we should probably focus our attention on 2020.

      • jveith1991

        If the Reds are concerned about saving money with Hamilton and Gennett, they could do so this winter (if Castellini allows it). Hamilton can be non-tendered. Gennett could easily be traded for something, even if it’s just a bullpen piece.

      • lwblogger2

        I think the Reds could get something for Hamilton. A non-tender seems like a waste as he has some value. Probably not much of a prospect back because in his 3rd year of arb $5.4-million or so is a decent chunk of money, but something. I could see a team with some payroll room and World Series aspirations that would like to add Hamilton thinking of the kind of weapon he could be on the bases for the stretch run and postseason.

      • jim t

        They didn’t let Cozart just walk. He was injured which severely impacted the market for him.

      • bouwills

        Yes, but they didn’t make the qualifying offer to him (which he wouldn’t have accepted). Thus they weren’t awarded the Compensation B pick in last years draft. It’s possible the Reds could be in the same position with Scooter after the 2019 season. Let’s hope they do better this time around.

    • larry

      I agree. However, I saw a quote from Bob C that he hopes Hamilton plays his entire career in Cincy. Normally, I’d think this is postering. I don’t think Bob C does that. We may be stuck with Hamilton, in some capacity, for a long time. I wish the owner would back off and let his front office decide who to trade. Of course he has the right on how much to spend. My other wish is that their former g m would disappear from the reds sphere of influence.

      • larry

        I saw the “Hamilton forever” quote in mlb rumers chat of 10-09-18 in response to a inquiry by “Billy Hamilton”.

  4. Eddiek957

    Well someone had to play short Montreal once had an infield of four third basemen

  5. Vottomatic125

    I would rather trade Peraza than India. He would likely bring back more combined with some other prospects.

    • Joe Farfsing

      Seriously? Peraza is a league average hitter and a league average fielder. He’s fine but India is a top 60 prospect with legit power, on-base skills and defensive flexibility and several more years of control. Peraza would bring you a back end on the rotation guy and a lottery ticket since he will be entering arbitration.

      • greenmtred

        I question whether Peraza is a league average fielder. If he is, this may be a case where stats aren’t comprehensive enough to evaluate him. It isn’t just the missed grounders and errant throws; he seems to lack instinct or concentration for the position.

      • lwblogger2

        I would agree aside. I’m not sure it’s a lack of concentration but I do think he needs more work on where he’s supposed to be on various plays. He also needs to continue working on his foot-work. It gets him in trouble and most his throwing errors are a result of poor foot-work. I think he can be an average to slightly above average defender at SS. He isn’t there yet though, I agree.

      • jim t

        He is 24 and is showing some of the skills many thought he had when he was acquired. He is my starting SS heading into 2019. I fully expect he will make a nice jump defensively next season. If he continues to grow as a hitter we have a very nice SS.

      • Hotto4Votto

        Peraza was not a league average defender at SS.

  6. Sliotar

    Starting point…who is this winter’s Miami Marlins?

    Perhaps the Diamondbacks? They have let it leak that they are tearing down.

    This is dated, but still useful as a guide to assessing $ value of high prospects….

    Picking up on Steve’s point above, ignoring Greene/Senzel, here are the other values….

    Trammell – 60 grade…$60M
    India – 55 grade….$38M

    (2017 dollars. Higher now almost certainly with MLB inflation)

    Robbie Ray stands out as AZ target. Age 27 in 2019, 2 years control, high Ks, can dominate.

    2019 projected arb – $6.1M
    2020 spitball guess – $11M

    So….two years of Ray for either Trammell or India?

    • bouwills

      Perhaps the Miami Marlins are this winter’s Miami Marlins…..for the Reds. I imagine Dan Straily could be acquired by the Reds without forfeiting any of their top 10 prospects. Maybe Hererra & Romano plus a lottery pick from Billings roster. Maybe Friedl, Moss,& Herget. Straily would definitely be an upgrade to the rotation,under team control for a couple years, & most importantly, allow the Reds to target one more TOR pitcher to transform their pitching for the next several years.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Absolutely not. The Reds picked up Straily for nothing and fleeced the Marlins after one season of a 3.74 ERA. Straily is a below average MLB pitcher and the Reds have plenty of internal options for below average pitchers.

        While pitching in one of the most pitcher-friendly home venues, Straily produced a 4.26 ERA, 4.58 FIP & 4.70 xFIP in 2017 and a 4.12 ERA, 5.11 FIP & 4.99 xFIP. He has a career 1.44 HR/9 & 33.8% GB rate. Let’s not make another Alfredo Simon mistake.

      • bouwills

        Simon mistake? The Reds selected Alfredo off waivers the first time. They got him for next to nothing. They then traded him to Detroit for Jonathan Crawford & Eugenio Suarez. That’s far from a mistake. The 2nd time Reds signed him as a FA for $2M, & later released him. Perhaps not financially sound, but the $2M they blew on Simon was less than half the $5.1M he was signed to make the year the Reds traded him & thus didn’t pay. As for Straily, his 4.12 ERA last year was better than any of the Reds sp & his 9 quality starts would have been 2nd among Reds sp, only to Castillo’s 9. He’s definitely a controilable upgrade over the current rotation. This myth that the Reds are going to acquire 2 TOR starters this offseason is just that. They never have & probably never will (at least under present ownership/management). What they need is to find a reasonably reliable starter with a low initial cost (in $$ &/or prospects) and then target 1 (& only 1) TOR starter.

      • bouwills

        Castillo’s 11 not 9 QS (whoops)

  7. Sliotar

    Diamondbacks control how much the Reds would overpay, because so few teams as of now are looking to tear down and move controllable guys.

    2019 is a tough ask, even with Ray. I guess it depends on how much ground the analytics department is projecting that the team can make up next year and then pass at least one of Cubs/Brewers/Cardinals in 2020.

    If the odds are long, then the Reds are spending future capital, to be used on a real contention window later, on a slim chance in the near term.

  8. Jreis

    I say let’s wait and see what Joey does next year. If he has another 12 HR year the most logical thing is to move Suarez to 1st. base in 2020. This opens up room in the infield for both India and Senzel. You couple that with an outfield of Trammel Winker and Shebler. Then you could have Joey and possibly Scooter coming off the bench. That is a pretty potent offense and improved defense.

    • jtburns11

      In 2020 Votto will make 25 million. Scooter Gennett would have to be given a new contract, so let’s say the Reds give him 10 to 15 million a year to stick around.

      Under your scenario, the Reds would have about 35 to 40 million a year tied into 2 bench players. This will not happen.

    • Bill

      The offense might be good, but where are they finding the $50 million to pay the bench players? The Reds already need to take every dime available to pay for starting pitching.

      Even if Votto repeats last years performance he is a 3.5 WAR player and Gennet 4.2 WAR. If you can get 4 WAR fa piece rom Senzel and India playing SS and 2B I am all for it, but signing Gennett as a $15 million a year backup and making Votto a $25 million a year back up, and still needing backups at SS, 3B and all three OF spots you haven’t wisely used your resources. If you want India, Senzel, and Suarez as starters in the IF then you trade Scooter. If Votto says he would waive his no trade clause then you explore what the return would be

  9. greenmtred

    It won’t happen, but wouldn’t they loook good coming off the bench to pinch-hit?

    • jim t

      The look would be complete and utter stupidity. Paying 40 mil to two bench players may be the worst comment ever posted on this website.

      • greenmtred

        I didn’t mean that I thought that they should do it. You’re right: It would be a ridiculous allocation of resources. But they’d probably be good pinch-hitters.

  10. Dewey Roberts

    Chad, you are an optimist if you think India will make the majors in 2032. I have his debut as no sooner than 2033. He will need about 15 years in the minors before he is ready for the majors. Lol!

    • lwblogger2

      Yer both wrong! He’s a bust!


  11. WVRedlegs

    I agree with Steve above. Hard to get attached to him at this time. I like India, as I followed him last spring at UF. His bat is real, his plate discipline is good but needs a little work. He can take a walk, and he has good power, even to RCF.
    One trade scenario to keep an eye on. The Reds selected India #5 overall this past spring. The Mets were at #6. They really liked India as a replacement for David Wright. Now Wright has retired instead of trying to play a couple of more years. 3B is now wide open for the Mets near future. Many mock drafts had India going #6 to the Mets based on the Mets reported interest. The Mets have established starters. The kind that can go 7 innings on most starts. Wheeler has only 1 year left under team control for the Mets. deGrom has 2 years left. Syndergaard has 3 years left. Matz has 3 years left. deGrom will not be available after he wins the NL Cy Young Award this year. Wheeler could be extended this winter with the Mets, or could be traded. Syndergaard will be much more expensive than Matz. Matz won’t be cheap either as he is LH.
    To get Syndergaard, it will take India and one of Hunter Greene or Tony Santillan, with a couple of other prospects like Siri and/or Long or Downs, or Vlad Gutierrez. The Mets really lack a CF in their upper minors and Siri may be preferable. There are a lot of ways and prospect combinations the Reds could go on his one and could include some from the ML roster with much team control like Schebler, Romano and Mahle, depending on what the Mets would want. Greene seems to be a little ahead of his rehab program in Arizona and might be something that doesn’t scare the Mets.
    Senzel and Winker would be unavailable as they are mending from surgeries. It would be nice to keep Santillan, Trammell, and T Stephenson and deal from a host of other prospects.
    RHP Greene is Reds #2 prospect and a top-100.
    OF Trammell is #3 and a top-100.
    RHP Santillan is #4 and a top-100.
    3B/SS India is #5 and a top-100.
    CF/OF Siri is #6 and was just outside he top-100.
    C TStephenson is #7 and just outside the top-100.
    2B Long is #8.
    2B Downs is #9.
    RHP Gutierrez is #10.
    Reds 2018 2nd round CB pick was RHP Josiah Gray, who will likely be in the Reds top-10 prospects ranked later this off-season, pitched at a small college in NY state. Maybe the Mets would zero in on him in trade talks too, along with India. But I would like to keep Gray as a new untouchable, along with Santillan, Trammell and TStephenson.
    There is plenty there to deal from and also keep some top prospects. Just depends on what the Mets, or other trading partners are going to want in return.

  12. Hotto4Votto

    The Reds don’t have any legit SS prospects in the upper minors, and not a ton in general, but the ones they do have are grouped together. Downs (likely future 2B) and Garcia took the bulk of the starts in Dayton, and Garcia may be back due to a poor start to the season. Alf-Rod, the $9M glove, hasn’t hit anywhere but will likely start at A+ or AA. Hernandez and Finol spent time at SS in Greeneville and Hernandez got a cup of coffee at Billings as well. Where India fits in as a SS amongst those guys will be interesting.

    If I had to guess, Rodriguez at AA, India/Downs at A+, Garcia at A, and Hernandez at Billings/Dayton (when/if Garcia is promoted) with Finol heading back to Greeneville.

  13. WVRedlegs

    Get one starting pitcher through trade this winter, if the Reds cannot get the free agent starter they desire. The free agent list for after the 2019 for starters is much deeper than it was last year and this winter combined. It has the potential likes of:
    Zach Wheeler (30),
    Michael Wacha (28),
    Justin Verlander(37),
    Rick Porcello (31),
    Miles Mikolas (31),
    Gerrit Cole (29), and
    Alex Wood (29).
    PIT has an option on Archer and CLE has an option on Kluber. Arrieta, Darvish, and Strasburg have opt outs. Don’t look for the option ones to be available as their teams will unquestionably pick up those options. Don’t see these players opting out either.
    The second tier has possibilities also with Kyle Gibson (32), Jhoulys Chacin (32), Sonny Gray (30), Ivan Nova (33), Tanner Roark (33), Jake Odorizzi (30), Julio Teheran (29), Drew Smyly (29), and Wade LeBlanc (35).

    • Old-school

      Yes. Bobby nightengale has an article on Senzel up today and a long article Hunter Greene’s progress .

      The only reason for optimism is Senzel/ Greene/Trammel and India joining Suarez and Winker and Votto and the catchers.
      Clearing salary in 2019 opens up a huge payroll in 2020.


  14. Shchi Cossack

    India getting serious work now at SS simply validates how screwed up and inept the Reds Baseball Ops has become under BC & WJ.

    Since the Reds drafted India, the 2nd athletic college 3B with a top 5 selection in 3 years, the discussion immediately commenced regarding India’s move to SS. The Reds had 3B and 2B locked up with some combination of Suarez, Senzel and Gennett, so there was simply no defensive position in the IF for India to play unless he moved to SS, at least thru the 2023 season. The Reds Baseball Ops couldn’t even find a defensive position for Senzel to play during 3 seasons as a professional.

    India started 14 games at Greenville, but only started 2 games at SS in deference to Miguel Hernandez.

    India started 3 games at Billings and all 3 games were started at SS.

    India started 23 games at Dayton, but only started 3 games at SS in deference to Jose Garcia and Jeter Downs.

    India is a top 5 Reds prospect and a top 100 MiBL prospect.
    Downs is a top 10 Reds prospect.
    Garcia is a top 20 Reds prospect.
    Hernandez is just now beginning to open some eyes regarding his prospect status.

    After 90 professional starts at SS, even the Reds Baseball Ops now recognizes that Downs will never be a starting SS at the MLB level. Downs is now competing with a laundry list of prospects for 2B. Garcia and Hernandez have some defensive promise as at SS, but both have serious questions offensively.

    Not playing India at least 50% of the time at SS during the 2018 season was grossly inexcusable. Only now is the Reds Baseball Ops making any serious effort to identify a viable defensive position for either India or Senzel. Better late than never, I guess, but the Reds Baseball Ops is almost always late and often simply whiffs on the opportunities.

    • greenmtred

      I think that you’re right, Cossack, and I think that your summation explains a lot of the frustration Reds fans feel.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Frustration is not good when it’s the primary emotion associated with the Reds, but it beats the heck out of apathy. Unfortunately, I see, hear and feel a lot of fans crossing that morass to apathy.

  15. earmbrister

    (Very) Recent history:

    Spring of 2016
    Reds starting 3B – Suarez, who was just starting his first full year in Cincy, and who had been moved from SS to 3B. Does anyone remember having issues with his fielding in 2016? As for his hitting, he had an OPS+ of 92 in 2016.

    Reds starting SS: Zack Cozart, is in his second to last year in Cincy. In 121 G, ZC also had an OPS+ of 92. He was backed up for part of the year by Peraza, who as a rookie had an OPS+ of 102. Of course we were (are?) all sold on Jose’s hitting, and fielding, back then (and now).

    Reds starting 2B: A 35 yr. old Brandon Phillips. BP packed his bags for Atlanta in Feb. ’17.

    June 2016
    Reds draft Nick Senzel, who was considered the best pure hitter in the draft, and who had proven in college that he had successfully transitioned to become a quality defensive 3Bman (from SS in HS). Not many believed that Senzel could play SS in MLB, though he had played some 2B in college.

    Spring of 2017
    In late March of 2017, the Reds picked Scooter Gennett off the scrap heap of waivers. When the 2017 minor league season started, Senzel played 3B. Why wouldn’t he? He was a quality 3Bman, and Suarez hadn’t proved much of anything yet. Suarez had been a SS in 2014 and 2015, and hadn’t inspired a ton of confidence in 2016 at his new position, the hot corner.

    Meanwhile, the Reds had no real 2Bman in March/April of 2017. BP was now a Brave. Scooter was a recently picked up waiver claim. Peraza had played some 2B, and would start 69 games there in 2017, while an oft injured Cozart started 112 G at SS. Dilson Herrara was doing what he does best: a year largely lost to the DL.

    Spring of 2018
    3B: Suarez, after posting a OPS+ of 92 in ’16, had his coming out party in ’17, with an OPS+ of 115, and o’WAR/d’WARs of 3.2 and 0.8. He cashed in with a multi year contract extension. Just 8 games into the ’18 season Suarez broke his thumb. Some thought was given to bringing Senzel up, but the Reds opted for the extra year of control.

    SS: Peraza was handed the reins at SS, after playing behind Cozart in 2017.

    2B: In 2017, Scooter had an OPS+ of 123, after recording OPS+s of 84 and 91 in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He started 87 games at 2B in 2017. He had what many considered a career year in 2017, but one that he probably would not duplicate. Of course, the Reds had Dilson as a backup plan. Yeah, they were a bit suspect at 2B.

    With Suarez now entrenched at 3B, and with a good prognosis on Suarez’s broken thumb, Senzel started playing 2B in AAA. Unfortunately, in early May Senzel came down with vertigo. He lost a few weeks to the condition before he was able to return at the end of May. Three weeks later, on June 22, Senzel tore a tendon in his finger and was done for the minor league year.

    June 2018
    The Reds draft Johnathan India, who was considered perhaps the best all around hitter in college this spring. He played a lot of 3B in college, but his athleticism, instincts, and strong arm indicate that he could be able to handle SS in MLB.

    Meanwhile, Scooter did the unexpected and followed up his very good 2017 with a very good 2018. Of course, come the trading deadline, Scooter got hurt and was damaged goods at the time. I personally wanted the Reds to trade Gennett at the deadline for starting pitching. He played through the injury and posted great numbers on the year. Raise your hand if you thought that Scooter would contend for the batting title this year. Anyone? Gennett genuinely seems to want to stay in Cincy. With a bum arm, he’s now not a good candidate to move to a corner OF spot. Second base is Gennett’s.

    With Suarez laying claim to 3B, and Gennett staking out 2B, the Reds now have Senzel learning the OF. Having missed the majority of the ’18 season to injury, the team had him in the OF in the fall instructional league.

    After Jonathan India signed in early July, he was able to start 32 games at 3B and 8 games at SS. He began his professional career in the Rookie leagues and then was promoted to A ball. He struggled a bit at the plate, hitting .240 combined for the year, and only .229 in 27 games at the A level. Given the short year, and his offensive struggles, I don’t have any real problem with him getting more work at 3B, his position in college. Why make a difficult transition even more difficult with a position change? Now that his short initial season is over, the Reds had India working at SS in the fall instructional league.

    I don’t buy the narrative that the Reds mismanaged Senzel’s transition from 3B. He was only drafted in June of 2016 after all. Suarez moved to 3B in 2016, and didn’t initially excel there. That is why it made perfect sense for Senzel to start 2017 at 3B (he had his first full minor league season in 2017 folks). Suarez had his first quality year in 2017, and thus got the big contract extension last off season. He broke his thumb 8 games into this season, and didn’t return until mid May, when he proceeded to tear up MLB offensively. Suarez’s defense is just adequate, but his bat will keep him at 3B. Scooter didn’t lay claim to 2B until this year. Thus Senzel, after an injury plagued (44 games) year, needs to move on from his anticipated move to 2B and into the OF. Senzel is a 23 yr old kid, and only has 231 MiLB games under his belt. He won’t be 24 until mid 2019, and it stands to reason that, barring injury, he will be in the MLB OF sometime next year.

    India played in a whopping 44 games this year. It’s not going to make a bit of difference whether he started a dozen or two more games at SS this year or not. He’s got to spend more time at A (where he hit .229) and/or A+, before moving on to AA, then AAA. India will have plenty (hundreds) of MiLB games, and with the present composition of the MLB team, you can be sure that the lion’s share of his time going forward will be at SS.

    The construction of the infield (both present and future) the past two and a half years has been quite solid. If you want to gripe about the Reds FO, you might want to look elsewhere. Starting pitching anyone? ? I, for one, don’t have a problem with a Barnhart, Votto, Gennett, India, Suarez, Senzel, Schebler (or Trammel), and Winker lineup. Lots of offense, and enough defense to get the job done.