MLB: Jonathan India and Ryan Mountcastle, Most Outstanding Rookies by Players Choice Award

The second baseman of the Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan India and the first baseman of the Baltimore Orioles, Ryan Mountcastle, were named as Most Outstanding Rookies in the National and American League, respectively, this within the 2021 Players Choice Award, where the MLB baseball guild is in charge of casting its votes for the players.

The fifth overall pick in the 2018 Draft had an outstanding debut season in the majors for the Reds, with an .835 OPS with 21 home runs and 12 steals in 150 games. His 3.9 WAR (FanGraphs) led all rookie position players in MLB:

Meanwhile, Mountcastle held firm after a call-up in August last year, and in 2021, he was able to show what he could do for a full season, hitting 33 home runs in 144 games for the Orioles. He really warmed up at the plate in the second half, hitting 19 of those home runs in just 232 at-bats.

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I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Jonathan India and Ryan Mountcastle, Most Outstanding Rookies by Players Choice Award