Jonathan India was the talk of minor league camp out in Goodyear this spring. Multiple scouts talked with me about how well he had been hitting for the week that I was out there. He had hit “five or six” home runs in the week that the Reds had been playing games.

Then the games began in Daytona where he was assigned and he was as cold as ice. In the first four games of the year the #5 overall pick in the 2018 draft went 1-17 with 7 strikeouts. Turns out, incredibly unsurprising, that it was just a blip on the radar and he’s gone off ever since.

Over the 16 games that India has played in since, he’s hitting .323/.382/.548 with 2 doubles and 4 home runs – including a 420 foot blast last night. To put that in perspective, the league as a whole is hitting .231/.309/.338 this season. India’s 4 home runs account for half of the homers hit by Daytona this season. Lakeland has 5 home runs as a team. Charlotte and St. Lucie each have 6 home runs as a team. The Florida State League is the worst. At least for hitters.

No Senzel in Louisville on Thursday; VanMeter keeps killing it

The Louisville Bats played last night. Nick Senzel did not. It sounds like it was just a scheduled off day for the outfielder. On the rainy night that saw the game’s start delayed until 9pm, the Bats fell to Durham. But Josh VanMeter hit his organizational best 6th homer of the season.

 

In 2018 Josh VanMeter took his power output to a new level, slugging . 464 in 362 plate appearances in Triple-A. For his career, even including this season, he’s slugged .390 in the minors. It’s been a big step. But this season it’s been another big step forward. Through 21 games played he’s now hitting .312/.379/.610 for the Louisville Bats. He’s really enjoying the new baseball that’s being used. His six home runs are tied for second place in the International League.

Flashing leather in Dayton

The Dayton Dragons also played through some rain on Thursday night. Ultimately their game would be called after 7 innings due to the rain, but that wasn’t before their outfield showed some outstanding defense. In the first inning Mariel Bautista made a leaping catch that took him into the wall. A few innings later it was Michael Siani that had a chance to show off the defensive skills with a diving catch to his left while playing center field.

The third man that turned heads on the night was Shard Munroe. Mostly an outfielder, Munroe got his first start at first base last night for the Dragons. The Bahamas native continued his strong start to the 2019 season by going 2-3 with a walk. His two hits happened to be a triple and a home run – his first of the season.

 

For Munroe, he’s making the adjustment to the Midwest League. In 2017 he hit .290/.401/.419 for the AZL Reds. Last season he spent 28 games in Billings and hit .313/.387/.455 before spending the final month with Dayton. That jump to Dayton last season saw him struggle as he hit .192/.296/.354, but he’s putting that behind him in a big way in 2019. Through 15 games this season he’s sitting at .292/.390/.542.

8 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    On a rainy night, good that Reds didn’t risk another Senzel injury. He’ll be in CF for Reds sometime in May.

    • AirborneJayJay

      May 13th or May 14th. Mark it down. May 13 is an off day.
      May 12 they get back from 2nd west coast trip. Open home stand against the Cubs and Dodgers on May 14.

  2. Brent

    Is there a case that India gets moved to AA by mid season if he continues to hit, even if its more in line with his total season stats vs what he has done over this hot stretch?

    Will the Reds prioritize getting him into a better hitting environment or spending his first full year in pro ball in one level?

    • Doug Gray

      I think that the plan is probably “promote him to Double-A unless he’s clearly in over his head in Daytona at the midseason point”. That’s generally how teams handle situations like this with top end college guys. Same way they handled Senzel.

  3. RedsFaninPity

    Hey, Doug- Any news on Aristedes Aquino? He has been out for the better part of a week.