The Cincinnati Reds are having themselves a busy day with promotions of some of their top prospects. Earlier today it was announced that 2019 1st round draft pick Nick Lodolo was promoted to the Dayton Dragons from the Billings Mustangs. Now it’s been announced that 2018 1st round draft pick Jonathan India has been promoted from Advanced-A Daytona to Double-A Chattanooga.

On the season Jonathan India is hitting .256/.346/.410 for Daytona. In his 87 games played this season he’s hit 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 8 home runs. He’s also walked 37 times and struck out 84 times. On the surface his .756 OPS doesn’t really stand out to you. But we need to remember that he’s playing in the Florida State League. It’s the most pitcher friendly league in the minor leagues. This season the average line in the league is .241/.313/.354. Only one team in the league has an OPS over .700. It’s a league that suppresses power output in a big, nasty kind of way.

Mitch Nay promoted to Triple-A Louisville

Jonathan India will be taking the roster spot of Mitch Nay in Chattanooga. Nay, the Lookouts third baseman (and sometimes first baseman) is moving up to Triple-A Louisville. Nay had a slow start in April after beginning the season on the injured list, and then playing sparingly once he did return. But when May began he started seeing every day playing time and he’s gone off on Southern League pitching.

Through 82 games with Chattanooga, Mitch Nay has hit .304/.366/.561 with 22 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 25 walks, and 48 strikeouts. He’s leading the league in OPS by 36 points, and in slugging by 40 points. He’s also third in average at .304 and in the top 10 in on-base percentage. The argument can be made that he’s been the most valuable player in the league thus far.

As I’ve stated a few times in the last few weeks, it would be beneficial for the Reds to promote Mitch Nay to Triple-A. He’s a free agent following this season. They can keep him in the organization by adding him to the 40-man roster. Given what he’s done in Double-A this season, using the last six weeks of the season to see what he can do against a little bit more advanced pitching goes a long way – even with the Triple-A leagues using the Major League baseball that is flying around like a racquetball.

 

25 Responses

  1. Gaffer

    We might know who India is in the next 3-4 weeks. I hope he will be at least a .260/.340/.450 guy in the majors but it’s hard to say yet. His BB/K rate is concerning, but I bet his power improves as he goes up, especially when he goes AA to AAA with the juiced ball.

      • Doug Gray

        For a hitter a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio actually is pretty good.

    • DocBB

      If he is only a .790 OPS guy i the majors I’m not sure I would call that a success for how high he was drafted…

  2. SoCalRedsFan

    I’ve always rooted for Mitch Nay. He was a big-time prospect a few years ago but got a staph infection that almost took his life and career. Here’s to hoping he can make it to The Show, hopefully with the Reds.

  3. Chris

    Doug,

    Is Mitch Nay in your opinion realistically an option for the Reds given age and his positions? Thanks

    • Oldtimer

      I’m not Doug but Chris Sabo was 26 yo rookie in 1998 after a good (not great) five years in the Reds minor leagues.

      He did OK. And then some.

      • Doug Gray

        Chris Sabo was also getting a whole lot of help from a science doctor. Allegedly.

      • Oldtimer

        Sabo was unheralded minor leaguer who was ROY in 1988 and WS champion in 1990. Reds have no one who did both since.

    • Doug Gray

      If I’m making the decisions, and to be clear, I’m not, I’d add him to the 40-man roster following the season and I wouldn’t think very long about it either. He’s definitely worth keeping in the organization as depth if nothing else, but I think there’s a chance he could be more than that. The fact that he’s a corner infielder doesn’t help him, but if I’m the Reds, I’m not letting him walk instead of just adding him to the 40-man.

      • Doug Gray

        I haven’t done the full roster break down yet to look at who is gone/will be gone. After the trade deadline is a better time to start looking at that. But it’s very hard for me to imagine that I can’t find a spot for him unless he goes to Triple-A and just completely and utterly falls apart.

  4. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Is it possible the Reds moved India up and out of the Florida State league to try and up his perceived trade value (that is if he’s able to increase his stats against AA pitching)?

    • Gaffer

      Would be a good idea, and I would trade him. But they better get a guy with several years of control. Not sure I see a team looking to move a guy that makes a difference.

    • Doug Gray

      I guess anything is possible, but it’s tough to see how that works in reality. You’re taking him out of a pitcher friendly league, sure, but you’re also risking that better pitching negates all of that and more. Not that I think he won’t have success there, but it’s not like Double-A pitching isn’t better. There’s a chance he won’t improve his offensive output simply because he was promoted to a more friendly hitting environment.

      • Chris

        Doug,

        What position(assuming Suarez still here and either senzel or Vanmeter is 2b, do u see India playing? You think he’s still a quality and possible all star caliber position player for us? 2021?

        Also, do you think is Stephenson is the answer for the Reds at Catcher and worth waiting until what, 2021 earliest, for?

  5. ClevelandRedsFan

    Any word on Rece Hinds? I haven’t heard anything since he signed? Is he playing this year?

    One can only assume he’s hitting 485 dingers somewhere.

    • Alex

      I’m pretty sure he is injured at the moment. I think it was mentioned on here before somewhere.

      • Doug Gray

        He’s definitely injured. He played in three games before the injury. He is still with Greeneville (and actually there, not just listed on the roster).