Cincinnati Reds: 3 players who benefit from injury-plagued roster

The Cincinnati Reds take in the game.
The Cincinnati Reds take in the game. /
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (71) rounds the bases on a solo home run.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (71) rounds the bases on a solo home run. /

1. Jonathan India, Reds infielder

Jonathan India seems ready to make the leap to the big leagues. The only problem is, he’s blocked at virtually every position he plays. Mike Moustakas was signed to a four-year deal in December of 2019 and Eugenio Suárez is an All-Star third baseman who nearly led the league in home runs two seasons ago.

However, with Joey Votto absent from the lineup, all indications are that Moustakas will slide over to first base. The former World Champion doesn’t have a great deal of experience fielding the position, but he held his own in spurts last season and represents the best replacement on this year’s team should the the six-time All-Star be unable to go on April 1st.

So, who fills in at second base? That’s where Jonathan India comes in. With the Triple-A season not slated to begin until early-May, it would be a travesty to keep India off the major league roster without the benefit of finding regular at-bats in the minors for over a month. But, if Votto misses any time this season, the duo of India and Moustakas could secure the right-side of the Reds’ infield.

India has the makings of a solid major league hitter, and he’s played solid defense this season as well. However, it makes no sense to promote India to the bigs unless he’s going to receive a regular spot in the Cincinnati Reds lineup. Votto’s absence would allow the 24-year-old that opportunity.