Jonathan India makes the reds look like geniuses.
After Cincinnati put together a strong Cactus League campaign in which it battled .313 / .441 / .604 with eight extra base hits and seven RBIs, it made the decision to be number 5 for the beginning of 2021 to bring the big one. India’s spring training success carried over to the regular season and some of it interrupted by his three-hit-four RBI appearance in a 14-1 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old extended his streak to five games with an RBI single-to-left field and scored a goal in four runs during Cincinnati’s second inning. He covered another run with a sacrificial fly in the fourth, added an RBI single to the right, and hit again in the fifth before tearing an RBI triple off the fence of midfield and later scoring an inning. India competed for their first four-goal game as a big leaguer and prevailed in the eighth game to the right.
The result did little to mitigate his preseason rampage. In their first five games, India is 9:19 (.474) with two additional goals and seven RBIs, all scored in their last four games.
India was the University of Florida’s fifth election in 2018, playing just 165 games with the Minors. In 2019 it achieved Double-A. The American native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the first Cincinnati rookie to start second base on opening day Pete Rose in 1963. India responded with two hits, his first of three multi-hit attempts through its first five major league competitions.
Other notable performances from top prospects on Tuesday:
Akil Baddoo, OF, DET
So far, Akil Baddoo can do it when it needs to be played in a ball game this season. The 22-year-old outfielder returned for the Tigers on Tuesday and scored a tenth goal in Detroit’s 4-3 win over Minnesota. Baddoo was one of the twins the Tigers claimed in the Rule 5 Draft in 2016. He celebrated a Grand Slam at the first major league pitch he saw on Sunday.
He started on Tuesday as a prize runner for Jonathan Schoop at the end of eighth place and took ninth place in the right field. He took a pitch against Minnesota right-handed Hansel Robles, with two outs and corner runners in tenth, as Robbie Grossman moved up to second due to defensive indifference, then pulled Robles’ 2-1 slider into the right Field to bring Detroit victory.
Baddoo is 4v8 with two homers, six RBIs and a stolen base in three major league games. More”
Dylan Carlson, OF, STL (MLB # 12)
In the midst of a 1:13 stretch after driving home in his first bat game of the season, Carlson waited until his last record appearance on Tuesday to get back on the hit column. The 22-year-old snapped his hit rate with his second roundtripper and the second goal of the season to give the Cardinals air in their victory over the Marlins. Despite a 2v15 start to the year, Carlson is tied to lead the team on home runs and RBIs (five). Gameday”
Jonah Heim, C, TEX
Heim started the season for the second time and took part in the Longball Parade in Texas with the first of his career. The 25-year-old backstop ended his career in 2019 with nine homers in 85 minor league games. That season was a breakout campaign for Heim, who fought .310 / .385 / .477 in his senior year in the athletics organization. Gameday”
Danish dunning, RHP, TEX (MLB No. 88)
Bo Bichette’s first solo homer was the only flaw in Dunnings’ line during a strong season debut against the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old allowed five innings and allowed three hits while scoring six hits without taking a walk. Dunning made his debut last season, posting an ERA of 3.97 with 35 punchouts in 34 innings over seven starts. The right-hander is unbeaten in his first eight games in the Major League (3-0). Gameday”
Andrew Vaughn, 1B / OF, CWS (MLB. No. 13)
One of the best prospects in the game is no longer without a hit. Vaughn took his first major league hit in doubles to get his career off to a 9-0 start. The 23-year-old went twice and was eliminated before being replaced in the seventh inning. Gameday”
Geraldo Perdomo, SS, ARI (MLB. No. 75)
Took three games, but Perdomo is finally on the board. The 21-year-old went left in the seventh inning for his first Major League hit and scored his first run on Stephen Vogt’s Homer in two runs. Perdomo was recalled from Arizona’s alternative training venue when Nick Ahmed was added to the injured list. The shortstop is 1: 7 with two walks in his first three games. Gameday”