Cincinnati second baseman Jonathan India 안전놀이터(27) of Major League Baseball is continuing his elite baseball life as an amateur and as a pro. In other words, he is only walking on the so-called ‘flower path’.
He was nominated in the first round of rookies in 2018 (5 times overall) and made his major league debut in 2021. He played 150 games that year, hitting 0.269 with 21 homers, 69 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He also had an excellent OPS of 0.835 (on-base percentage and slugging percentage). The National League rookie of the year was also his share.
India recently met with Star News at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and told Star News about her secret to success, saying, “I grew up exercising while playing with others from a young age.”
He said, “I set the goal of becoming a major league baseball player when I was 10 years old. From then on, I did not go to the birthday parties of my friends, which children of my age often attend and enjoy. I only thought about baseball while using professional training facilities.” He added, “I really put in a lot of sweat and effort to develop my dream of becoming a professional player, and I think I’m getting the reward now.”
When asked about the assumption, ‘If I hadn’t played baseball’, India said, “I’ve only thought about baseball since I was 10, so I haven’t thought about any other job.” Could it be,” he said.
India, who hails from Florida, USA, was selected by Milwaukee in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, the year she graduated from high school. However, he did not like the ranking, so he chose the University of Florida, which is famous for baseball, instead of being a pro.
He stood out with a season batting average of 0.303 and 40 RBIs in his freshman year of college. In his sophomore year, he also posted a batting average of 0.274, 6 homers and 34 RBIs, and continued to play an active role. The University of Florida was able to win the College Baseball World Series that year.
His grades were better in his senior year. India hit 21 home runs with a batting average of 0.350. OPS was 1.214. As a result, he, who was evaluated as one of the biggest players in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, was nominated by his current team, Cincinnati, in the first round and went pro, and stepped on the major league stage in just three years.
India recorded a batting average of 0.249, 10 home runs and 41 RBI last year, when it was in its second year as a pro, compared to its debut season. in progress
Regarding this, India said, “This year, although it is the beginning of the season, it seems to be going well in the direction I prepared and wanted. However, there are no individual goals such as home runs or batting average. Team victory comes first, and I will do my best to make that happen.”
When I asked India to pick a pitcher that would be difficult to play against in the major leagues, he shook his hand and said, “There is no easy pitcher in the league. Everyone is difficult and different. Major league pitchers really have their strengths, so no one can easily think of them. can’t,” he said.
He has been doing his best with the determination to become a major league player since he was young, but he said, “On days when I don’t play baseball, I always take a break.” don’t,” he said.
When asked for advice for young dreamers who want to become major league players in the future, India said, “If you want to become a professional player, you have to work really hard and never give up. You can also feel the joy.