Jonathan India

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Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds
Third baseman / Shortstop
Born: (1996-12-15) December 15, 1996 (age 22)
Coral Springs, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Joseph India (born December 15, 1996) is an American professional baseball third baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

India starred in baseball for American Heritage School. While playing for the Florida Gators, India was named an All-American in 2018, and won the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2018. The Reds selected him with the fifth overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft.

Amateur career[edit]

India attended American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Florida.[1] He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended the University of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team.[2]

As a freshman at the University of Florida in 2016, India had a .303 batting average, a .367 on-base percentage (OBP), and a .440 SLG, with four home runs and 40 runs batted in (RBI). He was named a freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger.[3] and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) First Team All-Freshman Team.[4] Following his freshman season at Florida, India played collegiate summer baseball for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League, where he batted 18-for-62 (.290) with seven doubles and 4 RBIs.[5]

As a sophomore in 2017, he hit .274/.354/.429 with six home runs and 34 RBI and was a member of Florida's 2017 College World Series winning team.[6] He missed some of the beginning of the season due to an arm injury.[7] India again played for the Mariners in the Cape Cod League after the season.[8]

In the 2018 season as a junior, India hit 21 home runs which was 6th in the nation. India won the Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Year, which is awarded to the top player in the SEC.[9] He was also named a Baseball America All-American.[10]

Professional career[edit]

India was considered one of the top prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft,[11][12] and was selected fifth overall by the Cincinnati Reds.[13] India signed with the Reds for $5.3 million,[14][15] and began his professional career with the Greeneville Reds of the Class A-Short Season Appalachian League, where he batted .261 with three home runs. He was moved to the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League on July 26 to get playing time at shortstop.[16] He hit .250 with two singles in three games for Billings. On July 30, India was promoted to Class A Midwest League Dayton Dragons[17] and ended the season there, batting .229 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 27 games.[18]

India began 2019 with the Daytona Tortugas of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League,[19] earning FSL All-Star honors.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan India: 5A-4A-3A-2A Player of the Year
  2. ^ Gators’ gamer: Tough, saavy Jonathan India sparks No.-1 ranked Florida
  3. ^ Baseball: Former American Heritage infielder Jonathan India named to freshman All-American team
  4. ^ "2017 SEC Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). www.a.espncdn.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "#27 Jonathan India - Profile". www.pointstreak.com. Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Pat Dooley (March 29, 2017). "India's secret keeps No. 2 Gators rolling". www.gainesville.com. GateHouse Media, LLC. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Shelby Williams (February 8, 2018). "Jonathan India Looks Forward to 2018 Season". www.wruf.com. WRUF. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Megan Plain (April 4, 2018). "Florida slugger Jonathan India is an unstoppable force in Gators lineup". www.mycbs4.com. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Florida's Brady Singer named SEC pitcher of the year". Daily Commercial. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 College Baseball All-Americans". www.baseballamerica.com. Baseball America Enterprises. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  12. ^ Florida baseball: Jonathan India among national leaders heading into series with Vanderbilt
  13. ^ Nightengale, Bobby (June 4, 2018). "Cincinnati Reds draft Florida third baseman Jonathan India with first-round pick". www.cincinnati.com. USA Today. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Nightengale, Bobby (July 1, 2018). "Cincinnati Reds agree to contract with first-round pick Jonathan India, pending physical". www.cincinnati.com. USA Today. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  15. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/baseball/os-sp-uf-jonathan-india-signs-cincinnati-reds-07042018-story.html
  16. ^ "First-round draft pick Jonathan India joins Billings Mustangs, debuts Thursday". www.406mtsports.com. 406 MT Sports. July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  17. ^ Dave Clark (July 30, 2018). "Reds promote first-round pick Jonathan India to Dayton after 3 games at SS in Billings". www.cincinnati.com. USA Today Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Jonathan India Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.news-journalonline.com/sports/20190402/tortugas-to-open-season-minus-top-prospect
  20. ^ https://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/20190613/former-american-heritage-uf-star-jonathan-india-earns-fsl-all-star-game-invitation

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