GAINESVILLE, Fla.—University of Florida junior third baseman Jonathan India was selected No. 5 overall in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has now had eight players drafted in the first round, including at least one player in the first round in each of the last four years (see chart below). There have been 20 Gators selected in school history in the first round of the MLB Draft.
India was named the SEC Player of the Year while also earning First Team All-SEC honors. The Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Award semifinalist is hitting at a .364 clip with a team-high 18 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 2018.
The junior was recently named a First Team All-American by Baseball America after setting career-highs in nearly every offensive category. In addition to average and home runs, India has set career bests in runs (60), hits (71), triples (3), RBIs (45), total bases (143), slugging percentage (.733), walks (49) and on-base percentage (.504).
India was taken in the 26th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 781st overall pick.
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