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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India has been named the National League Rookie of the Year, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Monday.
India, 24, appeared in 150 games compiling a .835 OPS which included 21 home runs. He led all rookies in walks and hit-by-pitches, leading to a .376 on-base percentage which ranked fifth among all hitters in the NL.
India was even better while batting lead-off for the Reds as he slashed .275/.383/.482 in the No.1 hole. India was the fifth overall pick by the Reds in 2018 and received 29 of the 30 first place votes. He beat out St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson and Miami Marlins lefty starter Trevor Rogers, who received the only other first place vote.
Carlson played all three outfield positions while compiling a .780 OPS which included 18 home runs. Rogers started 25 games for the Marlins while giving up just 107 hits in 133 innings. His 2.64 ERA would have ranked fifth in the NL if he had qualified for the ERA title.
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