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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Jonathan India named National League Rookie of the Year

The Cincinnati Reds second baseman was the 5th overall pick in 2018

<p>Cincinnati Reds&#x27; Jonathan India (6) throws to first base during the team&#x27;s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. India won NL Rookie of the Year honors on Monday night, Nov. 15, eight months after earning the team&#x27;s second base job during spring training and never letting it go during a stellar first season. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File)</p>

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India (6) throws to first base during the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. India won NL Rookie of the Year honors on Monday night, Nov. 15, eight months after earning the team's second base job during spring training and never letting it go during a stellar first season. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman and former Gator Jonathan India was named National League Rookie of the Year Monday after posting the league’s fifth-best on-base percentage among qualified hitters. 

India played 150 games in 2021, slashing .269/.376/.459 with a .835 on-base plus slugging and 3.9 wins above replacement. 

The former Gators infielder received 29 of 30 first-place votes, with the 30th going to Miami pitcher Trevor Rogers. 

Among hitters with at least 400 plate appearances from the leadoff spot, India finished first in OBP, besting the likes of Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve and Cedric Mullins. 

India possesses excellent plate discipline for a rookie, but also excels at being hit by pitches. His 23 HBPs led the NL, allowing him to exceed his wOBA, or expected OBP, by 13 points. 

The difference between India and an identical player lacking his HBP magic was 5th and 17th in NL OBP. 

India was a member of Florida’s 2017 College World Series winning team and won SEC Player of the Year honors as a Junior in 2018. 

Contact Ryan Zehnder at rzehnder@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @ryan_zehnder.

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