Cincinnati Reds add top prospect Jonathan India to Opening Day roster

Mar 21, 2021; Mesa, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India against the Chicago Cubs during a Spring Training game at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan India’s time has come with the Cincinnati Reds placing the top infield prospect on the Opening Day roster.

India, the No. 5 overall draft pick by the Reds in 2018, is expected to start out as the everyday second baseman. The Florida native, who does not have any major league experience, batted .313 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 22 games this spring.

“It’s a crazy feeling,” India said Wednesday. “It’s something I dreamed about since in was 4-years old. To be in this position right now, it still really hasn’t hit me.”

The 24-year old, who was a non-roster invitee to camp, still needs to be placed on the team’s 40-man roster. India has played just 34 games above the Single-A level, all in 2019. In two minor league seasons, he batted a combined .254 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs in 165 games.

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There were indications the move was coming after the Reds moved Eugenio Suarez from third base to shortstop this spring while revamping the infield. The Reds also released veteran infielder, and two-time All-Star, Dee Strange-Gordon on Friday.

The Reds also returned Rule 5 selection and shortstop Kyle Holder back to the New York Yankees.

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–Field Level Media