The Reds should not trade Jonathan India because the 2023 rookie class is unproven
Okay, Reds fans are uber-excited about the crop of young and talented players who made it to The Show this past season. Spencer Steer was consistent, Elly De La Cruz was electric, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand was powerful.
But, if you'll remember back about two years ago there was a gritty, tough, hard-nosed infielder who gutted through his rookie year and looked as though he would be a fixture in the lineup for years to come. His name was Jonathan India.
That's right, that same player that some within the Reds fanbase now wants to ship off to the highest bidder was best thing since sliced bread following his 2021 campaign in which he took home NL Rookie of the Year honors.
Heck, I'll throw another name your way - Tyler Stephenson. Remember how Stephenson was going to be an All-Star catcher who could hit for average and power? Well, here we are two years later and many fans have questions about those two players moving forward.
My point is, just because a player bursts onto the scene for 40 or 50 games during his rookie year doesn't always mean he's going to have sustained success in the big leagues. Will Elly De La Cruz match the hype? Is Noelvi Marte able to string together consistent at-bats for a 162-game season?
It might be worth waiting until Year 2 with several of these young players before trading away Jonathan India. At just 26 years old, India still has three years of team-control remaining.