There’s no doubt among Reds Country that Jonathan India is the unquestioned NL Rookie of the Year. But, in the event that there are those out there who just don’t understand, here are three reasons why the Cincinnati Reds‘ rookie should take home the hardware in 2021.
Now, to be sure, there’s an argument to made for others to take home NL Rookie of the Year honors. Dylan Carlson, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Patrick Wisdom, and Tyrone Taylor have all had fantastic rookie campaigns in 2021.
But none of those previously mentioned holds a candle to India. The Reds’ second baseman has been a fixture in the lineup for the entire season, and since India’s promotion to the leadoff spot at the top of David Bell’s batting order, the 24-year-old has been leading the charge for the Redlegs.
1. Reds second baseman Jonathan India is a rookie in every sense of the word.
I’m sorry, but this has to count for something, right? Jonathan India did not step onto a major league field until Opening Day this year. Major League Baseball defines a player as a rookie unless he crosses one of the following thresholds; 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched and 45 days on the active roster.
Okay, I get it. The rules are the rules. But for example, Jonathan India’s chief competition for the NL Rookie of the Year has to be Patrick Wisdom of the Chicago Cubs. However, Wisdom played in the major leagues in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Granted, he only played in 43 games during those three seasons, but c’mon.
Even the other top rookies spent some time at the major league level. Fellow Reds’ rookie Tyler Stephenson spent a few games with the big league club last season, and even Jose Barrero skipped over Double-A and Triple-A, making his MLB debut in 2020.
Taylor, Chisholm Jr., Carlson, and Frank Schwindel all had previous major league experience. Jonathan India is having success at the highest level having not played even one inning of baseball in the bigs prior to 2021. Jonathan India is rookie in every sense of the word, and that has to count for something.