The Baseball Writers Association of America has spoken and they have decided that Jonathan India is the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year. He won out of Miami Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson.
Jonathan India becomes the first Cincinnati Reds player to win National League Rookie of the Year since 1999 when reliever Scott Williamson won the award. He’s the first position player since Chris Sabo got the nod in 1988.
In 150 games played on the season for India he would hit .269/.376/.459 with 69 runs batted in, 98 runs scored, 34 doubles, 2 triples, 21 home runs, 12 steals, 71 walks. He led the National League in hit by pitches with 23. According to both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference he put up a 3.9 WAR during the 2021 season.
After getting extended a big league spring training invite in mid-March after being invited to early minor league camp in Goodyear, Jonathan India didn’t look back. He grabbed the bull by the horns when given the opportunity and made the opening day roster. After a quick start he went into a slump for about five weeks through the end of May. But from the start of June through the end of the season he turned things around in a big way, hitting .281/.390/.493 over those 108 games and helping clinch himself the Rookie of the Year Award, as announced by Johnny Bench.
Here are the vote totals for the three finalists:
The voting was not close. The lone voter who didn’t vote for Jonathan India as the National League Rookie of the Year was Dan Szymborski of Fangraphs, who votes out of the Cincinnati chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Szymborski voted for Trevor Rogers at the top and gave a second place vote to India.
The full ballots are now out. While Jonathan India won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award, two other Reds received votes. Catcher Tyler Stephenson got two 3rd place votes (Hal McCoy and Christina de Nicola from MLB.com). Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez also received one 3rd place vote (Jorge Ebro from El Nuevo Herald in Miami).