Dragons on Deck: Jonathan India

By Tom Nichols / Dayton Dragons | November 1, 2019 9:49 AM

Position:  Third Baseman

India is currently ranked as the Cincinnati Reds #3 prospect and the 93rd best prospect in all of baseball by MLBPipeline.com. He is also ranked as the #7 third base prospect in baseball. He was the Reds first round selection and 5th overall pick in the 2018 draft out of the University of Florida.

2019 Season:  After finishing the 2018 season with the Dragons, India moved up the ladder to the Daytona Tortugas of the Florida State League to open the 2019 campaign. He spent the first two-thirds of the season with Daytona before a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga to finish the year. With Daytona, India played in 87 games, batting .256 with eight home runs and a .410 slugging percentage in a league that is traditionally tough on hitters. After moving up in the Reds system to Chattanooga in late July, India played in 34 games for the Lookouts, batting .270 with three home runs and an excellent walk-strikeout ratio of 22-26, giving him a .414 on-base percentage. His combined numbers for the year, his first full season in professional baseball, included a batting average of .259 with 11 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and a .402 slugging percentage. He made 107 starts at third base and five more at second base. India was named by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Third Baseman" in the Florida State League based on a survey of league managers.

With the Dragons:  India joined the Dragons late in the 2018 season, the same year he was drafted and signed by the Reds. By the time India arrived in Dayton, he had already completed a long college season that began with the University of Florida's season-opener on February 16, 2018, and ended with Florida's elimination from the College World Series on June 22. After being drafted by the Reds, India played at both Greeneville and Billings before joining the Dragons. In Dayton, he appeared in 27 games, batting .229 with three home runs. From the start of his college season until the end of his time with the Dragons, India played nearly seven months of baseball with only a two-week break after his final game with Florida.

Outlook:  The Reds will make the decision on whether India is ready for a Triple-A assignment with Louisville to start the 2020 season, or if he needs a bit more time in Double-A after spending the last six weeks of 2019 at that level with Chattanooga.

Fun Facts: India was a college teammate at the University of Florida of former Dragons Scott Moss, Mark Kolozsvary, and Eddy Demurias …India enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history at Florida in 2018 when he was selected as an NCAA 1st Team All-American and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. He finished sixth in the nation in home runs as his team ended the season ranked #3 in the country…While India was considered college baseball's breakout player of 2018, his success was not completely unexpected. He was a freshman All-American at UF in 2016 and a 2015 2nd Team High School All-American…India is from Coral Springs, Florida, about 15 miles northwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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