Reds select college third baseman with fifth overall pick in MLB Draft
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Reds on Monday selected University of Florida third baseman Jonathan India fifth overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
This season for Florida India, 21, is hitting .364 with a .504 on-base percentage and has belted 18 homers and driven home 45 runs. His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage is an astronomical 1.237. He also has 12 stolen bases and been caught just two times after being a perfect 13-for-13 on stolen bases last season.
He has struck out 132 times in 617 college at bats.
He's the 12th player in school history to post 20 or more homers, 100 or more RBIs and 30 or more stolen bases in his career. The SEC player of the year also had a 24-game hitting streak earlier this season. He's considered athletic enough to play several spots around the infield.
"We think Jonathan is an extremely exciting athlete who can impact the game in many ways," said Dick Williams, President of Baseball Operations in a press release. "He played very good defense at third base and has the athleticism to play elsewhere. As an accomplished and advanced college hitter, he should move quickly through the minor leagues. We are thrilled to add him to our organization."
It's the second time in the last three years the Reds took a college third baseman in the first round after selecting Tennessee's Nick Senzel in 2016.
Later Monday night the Reds will select their second and third players with overall picks 47 (2nd round) and 72 (competitive balance lottery round B).
The first-year draft will have 40 rounds. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and Rounds 11-40 will begin at noon Wednesday.