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Prospects on Deck: 3B Jonathan India – Reds

The state of Florida has become quite familiar with Jonathan India.  The Cincinnati Reds drafted him in the First Round of the MLB Draft (#5 overall) in 2018.  He is already ranked the #3 prospect in their system.  The former Florida Gator currently plays for the Daytona Tortugas in the Florida State League.

The Coral Springs native had already established himself as a standout in his college career at Florida.  In his first season with the Gators, India was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and a Freshman All-American.  In 2017, he would help lead the Gators to a National Championship.  India would be named SEC Player of the Year and First Team All-American in 2018.  In his three seasons with UF, India hit .310 (.350 in 2018), .941 OPS, 31 HRs, 126 RBIs and 41 stolen bases in 194 games.  He was also known for his glove at Third Base, earning a spot on the 2018 SEC All-Defensive Team.

After a powerhouse season in 2018, India would play an additional 44 games in the minors with Billings (Rookie), Greeneville (Rookie) and Dayton (Full-A).  He hit 6 HRS, 26 RBIs, stole 6 bases while hitting .240/.814 OPS.  This season, India represented the Tortugas in the Florida State League All-Star Game.  He’s currently hitting .255/.765 OPS, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs and 7 SBs through 83 games.  Daytona finished 35-30 in the first half and currently sit at 12-14 in the second half, 5.5 games behind Dunedin in the FSL North.

As India works his way through the Reds farm system, the big question would be if they would shift Eugenio Suarez to Shortstop to make space for India at Third.  If India’s career continues down the path it has been moving, that question may be answered before too long.


Brian is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at

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