India, 24, appeared in 150 games, compiling an .835 OPS that included 21 home runs. He led all rookies in walks and hit-by-pitches, leading to a .376 on-base percentage that ranked fifth among all hitters in the NL.
India was even better while batting leadoff for the Reds as he slashed .275/.383/.482 in the No. 1 hole. India, the fifth overall pick by the Reds in 2018, received 29 of the 30 first-place votes. He beat out St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson and Miami Marlins lefty starter Trevor Rogers, who received the only other first-place vote and finished second.
Carlson played all three outfield positions while compiling a .780 OPS that included 18 home runs. Rogers started 25 games for the Marlins while giving up just 107 hits in 133 innings. His 2.64 ERA would have ranked fifth in the NL if he had qualified for the ERA title.