Jonathan India

Jonathan India

26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After being named National League Rookie of the Year in 2021, India injured his hamstring a week into the season and landed on the injured list. He returned a couple weeks later only to wind up back on the IL in short order with the same injury. From there he battled a number of aches and pains, mostly the result of his many hit-by-pitches along with some foul balls off his body. India was plunked 14 times in 431 plate appearances last season after leading the NL in HBPs in his rookie year with a whopping 23. That aspect of his game adds to his injury risk, but India put together a red-hot stretch from July to September in which he hit .306/.376/.505 across 52 games and reminded everyone that he's a high-level talent. We know India likes to run and the short porch in left field at Great American Ball Park is conducive to right-handed power. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2021.
Sticking at second base
2BCincinnati Reds
Foot
December 15, 2022
The Reds have no plans to move India (foot) off second base, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "(India) was in Cincinnati last weekend running sprints, and he looked better than he did the entire year last year," manager David Bell said. "He's a young player. He's plenty athletic. He's determined to kind of maximize his range. In my mind, he's our second baseman right now."
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Keep in mind that India was originally a third baseman that was converted into a second baseman during the 2020 season at the Reds' alternate training site. The new anti-shift rules might discourage some players from playing premium defensive positions, but the Reds are committed to keeping India at second base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
40
28
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
30
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .775 278 39 4 24 3 .281 .374 .401
Since 2020vs Right .783 784 107 27 86 12 .253 .350 .433
2022vs Left .709 119 17 1 10 0 .260 .353 .356
2022vs Right .704 312 31 9 31 3 .245 .317 .387
2021vs Left .825 159 22 3 14 3 .297 .390 .435
2021vs Right .839 472 76 18 55 9 .259 .372 .467
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
Even Split
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .781 526 78 16 61 6 .259 .352 .429
Since 2020Away .781 536 68 15 49 9 .261 .360 .421
2022Home .733 200 22 7 23 1 .246 .325 .408
2022Away .682 231 26 3 18 2 .251 .329 .353
2021Home .811 326 56 9 38 5 .268 .369 .442
2021Away .860 305 42 12 31 7 .270 .384 .477
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jonathan India compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
21.8%
 
BABIP
.305
 
ISO
.130
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.327
 
SLG
.378
 
OPS
.705
 
wOBA
.316
 
Exit Velocity
85.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.2%
 
Expected BA
.238
 
Expected SLG
.353
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.2%
 
Line Drive %
22.7%
 
Fly Ball %
36.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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India demonstrated in his NL Rookie of the Year campaign that hard work can pay off. His work ethic drew raves in the Reds' alternate training site in 2020, both at the plate and in learning second base. That carried over to an electric spring training, which prompted the Reds to rearrange their infield to make room for his bat, moving Eugenio Suarez to shortstop and Mike Moustakas to third, with India at second base. After struggling the first two months, India caught fire in June and claimed the leadoff spot, hitting .275/.383/.482 there. India added some category juice to go along with the solid rate stats, swiping 12 bases, slugging 21 homers and scoring 98 runs. Opposing pitchers threw fastballs 55.7% of the time against India, where he hit .302 and slugged .525, compared to .225/.351 against breaking pitches, so look for the pitch mix to change against him in 2022.
India is a highly-rated prospect in the Cincinnati organization, but one with some question marks. He had health issues in 2019 (wrist) and 2020 (lat) that cut into his development time. While he was reportedly more impressive at the plate at the Reds alternate training site than he was in 2019, that's not saying a whole lot and he wasn't facing many quality arms this past summer. Additionally, he projects as a below-average defender at third base and second base, leading to concerns about his defensive utility. Heading into his age-24 season, India needs to handle upper-level pitching. If he does, he could make his MLB debut this summer in a part-time capacity or as an injury replacement. A David Bote type of second-division role seems like a reasonable floor, with room to eclipse that if he can unlock more power at the plate.
India's breakout junior year at Florida that led to the Reds selecting him with the No. 5 overall pick in 2018 looks like the outlier. Some of the criticism of him has been overblown -- his .256/.346/.410 line in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League does not look great, but he was the ninth-best hitter on the circuit (125 wRC+). He was even better in the Southern League (138 wRC+), but it's the nature of his production that is underwhelming, especially for those in batting average leagues. He hasn't hit for much power and his .270 BA at Double-A was a career high. Additionally, his body has gotten worse, losing much of the explosiveness that allowed him to play shortstop in college. The Reds sent him to the Arizona Fall League, where his .587 OPS ranked 47th out of 57 qualified hitters. India will get to the big leagues, likely in 2021, but his ceiling no longer looks worthy of a top-five draft pick.
Last year's No. 5 overall pick confirmed positive biases in his initial Appy League assignment. However, it will be his 27-game run in the Midwest League that garners the most attention from those in dynasty-league drafts. As one of the most advanced college hitters in the draft, he deserved a taste of Low-A in his debut year, and was 14 percent better than league average despite hitting .229, as he worked the count (11.6 BB%) and hit for power (.167 ISO). Over his final 13 games, India's BABIP (.344) normalized and he hit .277/.370/.511. He looks to do damage to the pull side when he gets his pitch -- an aggressive approach that will lead to plenty of strikeouts, but could result in Cody Bellinger-esque production in the big leagues. Like Bellinger, India is a versatile defender (capable of playing everywhere in the infield) with good speed and instincts on the bases. His surface stats could lead to an unwarranted discount in first-year player drafts.
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Late scratch Wednesday
2BCincinnati Reds
Foot
October 5, 2022
India was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs due to a foot injury, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Out of Wednesday's lineup
2BCincinnati Reds
September 28, 2022
India is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates.
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Riding pine Saturday
2BCincinnati Reds
September 24, 2022
India isn't starting Saturday against the Brewers.
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Fills box score against Boston
2BCincinnati Reds
September 21, 2022
India went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Wednesday against the Red Sox.
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Gets breather in Game 2
2BCincinnati Reds
September 13, 2022
India is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
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