India, Baddoo thriving in first taste of Majors

April 7th, 2021

Jonathan India is making the Reds look like geniuses.

After putting together a strong Cactus League campaign in which he batted .313/.441/.604 with eight extra-base hits and seven RBIs, Cincinnati made the decision to bring their No. 5 prospect to the bigs to begin 2021. India's Spring Training success has carried over into the regular season and then some, punctuated by his three-hit, four-RBI effort in a 14-1 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old extended his hitting streak to five games with an RBI single to left field and scored during Cincinnati's four-run second inning. He plated another run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, added an RBI single to right and scored again in the fifth before ripping an RBI triple off the center-field fence and scoring an inning later. Bidding for his first four-hit game as a big leaguer, India lined out to right in his final at-bat in the eighth.

The result did little to soften his early-season rampage. Through his first five games, India is 9-for-19 (.474) with two extra-base hits and seven RBIs, all coming in the last four games.

The fifth overall pick out of the University of Florida in 2018, India played just 165 games in the Minors, reaching Double-A in 2019. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native became the first Cincinnati rookie to start at second base on Opening Day since Pete Rose in 1963. India responded with two hits, his first of three multi-hit efforts through his first five big league contests.

More notable performances from top prospects on Tuesday:

Akil Baddoo, OF, DET
So far, if it needs doing in a ballgame this season, Akil Baddoo can do it. The 22-year-old outfielder delivered again for the Tigers on Tuesday, clubbing a 10th-inning walk-off knock in Detroit’s 4-3 win over Minnesota. A 2016 competitive-balance pick of the Twins whom the Tigers claimed in the Rule 5 Draft, Baddoo homered on the first big league pitch he saw on Sunday and belted a grand slam on Monday.

He entered Tuesday’s game as a pinch-runner for Jonathan Schoop in the bottom of the eighth and took over in right field in the top of the ninth. Facing Minnesota right-hander Hansel Robles with two outs and runners on the corners in the 10th, he took a pitch as Robbie Grossman advanced to second on defensive indifference, then pulled Robles’ 2-1 slider into right field to give Detroit the win.

Baddoo is 4-for-8 with two homers, six RBIs and a stolen base over three Major League games. More»

Dylan Carlson, OF, STL (MLB No. 12)
In the midst of an 0-for-13 stretch after homering in his first at-bat of the season, Carlson waited until his final plate appearance Tuesday to get back into the hit column. The 22-year-old snapped his hitless streak with his second round-tripper and second hit of the season to gives the Cardinals breathing room in their victory over the Marlins. Despite a 2-for-15 start to the year, Carlson is tied for the team lead in home runs and RBIs (five). Gameday»

Jonah Heim, C, TEX Making his second start of the season, Heim joined in on Texas' long-ball parade with the first of his career. The 25-year-old backstop tied his career high with nine homers in 85 Minor League games in 2019. That season was a breakout campaign for Heim, who batted .310/.385/.477 in his final year in the Athletics' organization. Gameday»

Dane Dunning, RHP, TEX (MLB No. 88)
Bo Bichette's first-inning solo homer was the only blemish on Dunning's line during a strong season debut against the Blue Jays. The 26-year-old allowed lasted five innings and allowed three hits while striking out six without issuing a walk. Dunning debuted last season and posted a 3.97 ERA with 35 punchouts in 34 innings across seven starts. The right-hander is unbeaten in his first eight Major League outings (3-0). Gameday»

Andrew Vaughn, 1B/OF, CWS (MLB. No. 13)
One of the game's best prospects is hitless no longer. Vaughn collected his first Major League knock on a double to center to snap an 0-for-9 start to his career. The 23-year-old walked twice and grounded out before being replaced in the seventh inning. Gameday»

Geraldo Perdomo, SS, ARI (MLB. No. 75)
It took three games, but Perdomo is finally on the board. The 21-year-old singled to left in the seventh inning for his first Major League hit and scored his first run on Stephen Vogt's two-run homer. Perdomo was recalled from Arizona's alternate training site when Nick Ahmed was placed on the injured list. The shortstop is 1-for-7 with two walks in his first three games. Gameday»