Welcome back for another installment of the 2022 Dynasty Baseball Player Of The Week.
I hope you guys are enjoying the new and updated Fantasy Six Pack website. It is far easier to navigate and looks clean and straightforward. Hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent my Saturday night at a local restaurant celebrating Valentine's day with a lady! When I arrived, I was starving, ready to eat. Unfortunately for me, I was brought to a tapas restaurant. The idea of tapas has always confused me. Small or "shareable" portions for the price of an actual meal. It's a complete sham. In the end, we (I) spent $200, and I was still a little hungry, so needless to say, I was disappointed. So this week's player kind of reminds me of tapas, a guy who is good in many areas but may lack in keeping your team "full."
This week we will be looking at the Red's rising star. Before we get started, let's take care of some housekeeping. So first and foremost, don't forget to check out my guy Dave's Dynasty Baseball Rankings! Also, be sure to tune into the On Deck Circle Podcast.
2022 Dynasty Baseball Player Of The Week: Jonathan India
India was a star at the University of Florida and was drafted fifth overall in the 2018 MLB draft for some background. Going into 2021, India was a surprise addition to the lineup card for the Cincinnati Reds. But due to some roster reconstruction and a strong spring, India was penciled in as the Reds starting second basemen. He only saw 145 plate appearances in AA; this was a bold move from a team with playoff aspirations to put a relatively unproven player in your opening day lineup.
W0k this Way
India has been a walking machine ever since he joined the Reds organization. Let's look at what India is doing and what it could possibly translate into for you a brilliant dynasty manager. Through five seasons, India has boasted an average OBP of .384. This does not include his work a the alt site in 2020. His walk rate in 2021 was 81st percentile in 2021, and that is something to really behold in such a young player.
2021-2022 Expectations (I couldn't think of a food pun)
India was that dude for 2021; it left many surprised with how good India was. Why would they be? He was a top-five pick in the draft and showed that he could hit and get on base at every level. It's funny to think that the Rookie of the Year was not a roster lock in 2021.
India was fantastic. He slashed a beautiful .269/.376/.459 in 631 plate appearances. He smashed 21 homers and drove in 69 (excellent) runs. My only gripe with India is he's not exactly hitting the ball hard. However, that can come with strength, saying that he is above-average at barreling the ball. Perhaps with another offseason, we can see India get a little stronger and maybe hit some more doubles and create more hard contact.
I don't think it is out of the question for India to creep up to the 25-30 homer range. If India played every game at his home ballpark, he would eclipse his total in 2021 and hit 27 homers. During last year India had 24 expected home runs; I can easily see him producing and hitting more home runs this upcoming season.
Tapas or Main course?
I see India as an excellent chicken parm with some ziti and not a tiny tapas shareable portion. Personally, I love India! I own him in all three of my Dynasty Leagues. Recently, I Traded Jose Rameriez for a package built around India. That's how strongly I believe in the power that is coming. I am officially set at 2B for the foreseeable future. I see him as a top 30 dynasty asset, and I think the industry as a whole will be in on that after this season.
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