Jonathan India was named as one of three National League Rookie of the Year finalist. The Cincinnati Reds second baseman was named as a finalist alongside of the Miami Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers and St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson.
It’s been quite a year for Jonathan India. He was not invited to big league camp in the spring, but instead was a part of “early minor league camp” that ran alongside big league camp. But his performance caught the right eyes and in mid-March got invited over to big league camp. From there he kept on going and earned a spot on the Opening Day roster. He never looked back.
When the season was complete, India’s name was all over the leaderboards for rookies in Major League Baseball. In 150 games played on the season he hit .269/.376/.459 with 98 runs scored, 69 runs driven in, 34 doubles, 2 triples, 21 home runs, 12 steals, 71 walks, and he led the league in pitches that found his body with 23. According to Fangraphs and Baseball Reference he put up a 3.9 WAR on the season.
The last time the Reds had a Rookie of the Year winner was in 1999. That was the year that Scott Williamson posted a 2.41 ERA in 93.1 innings, picked up 19 saves, and was a National League All-Star at age 23. Cincinnati hasn’t had a position player win the award since 1988 when Chris Sabo won the award, hitting .271/.314/.414 with 46 stolen bases. Like Williamson, Sabo was also a National League All-Star that season.
Jonathan India has already picked up several Rookie of the Year honors this offseason. Baseball America, who only hands out the award for all of MLB and not one for each league, gave India the nod in their voting. He also got the nod from the other players in baseball and was named as the National League’s Most Outstanding Rookie as voted on by the other players in the big leagues.
The Rookie of the Year will be announced on November 15th at 6pm ET. It will be announced on MLB Network.