2022 MLB Rookie of the Year odds: MacKenzie Gore, Julio Rodriguez the betting favorites
Just two months into the 2022 MLB season, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s top rookies in the class. This time last year, we were talking about Bobby Witt Jr., Julio Rodriguez, Hunter Greene and MacKenzie Gore as top prospects; Now, Rodriguez and Gore are solidifying themselves as the best in class and the current betting favorites to win the American League and National Rookie of the Year awards.
However, it’s no coincidence that Rodriguez or Gore will ultimately win the prize when the winners are announced later this year. Talented rookies like Nolan Gorman, Alek Thomas, Adley Rutschman and Joe Ryan will also be making noise and providing betting value as the season progresses.
Below, we’ll break down the top contenders and some of our favorite sleepers to win the AL and NL Rookie of the Year.
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2022 MLB AL/NL Rookie of the Year Odds: Favorites
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MacKenzie Gore, PS, Padres (+150). Before the start of this season, Gore had a good chance of winning NL Rookie of the Year at +4750. However, he is now the favorite and has established himself as one of baseball’s best young pitchers.
The 23-year-old southpaw is 4-1 with a stellar 1.50 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 48 innings. Even more impressive, Gore allowed just one home run in nine appearances while holding his opponents to a .200 batting average. The Padres could have found a star in Gore, who already has five outings with five or more strikeouts. Right now there’s no value in taking Gore’s NL ROY ratings at +150, but if other rookies start pushing him – or if he even has a bad star or two in a row – we could see his ratings plummet.
Julio Rodriguez, OF, Sailors (+150). In the AL, the Rookie of the Year award is Rodriguez up for grabs at this point. Rodriguez entered this season with a lot of excitement, especially with what he did in the minors. The 21-year-old outfielder had a rocky start to the season, hitting .206 with six RBIs and recording 30 strikeouts in April.
However, Rodriguez started to step into a zone, slashing .309/.339/.527 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in May. His BABIP last month was .373, which would be high for most players, but in line with what you would expect for a good fast hitter like Rodriguez. He looks legit, but, like Gore, there’s not much value in betting on Rodriguez unless he’s having a little slump or someone else is really pushing him.
2022 MLB AL/NL Rookie of the Year Odds: Sleepers
Juan Yepez, 1B/OF, Cardinals (+1800). The Cardinals have a few rookies who could win NL Rookie of the Year this season. Yepez, 24, has the second best odds on the cards behind Gorman (+250).
The rookie first baseman made his major league debut on May 3 after playing well at Triple-A Memphis (.279 with nine homers and 26 RBIs). He adapted to major league pitching, hitting .267 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. Yepez will have multiple opportunities to produce as he has played first base, outfield and designated hitter for the Cardinals. At +1800 odds, it makes sense to include Yepez in your betting portfolio since he is playing for a competitor.
More NL sleepers to watch: Alek Thomas, OF, Diamondbacks (+1400), Brendan Donovan, OF/IF, Cardinals (+2000)
Joe Ryan, PS, Twins (+1200). Prior to being placed on the COVID-19 list a few weeks ago, Ryan was pushing for the AL Rookie of the Year award and gave the Twins a top-tier starter.
The 26-year-old right-hander entered the season with +2,500 odds, which was down thanks to a 5-2 record and 2.28 ERA in eight starts. He also has 42 strikeouts in 43.1 innings and left his opponents just .186 at the plate. If Ryan can come back strong this month and pick up where he left off, he can increase his chances for ROY. At 12-1, it’s a solid value play as the Twins will need him at his best to win the division.
More AL sleepers to watch: Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles (+1200), Bobby Witt Jr., 3B/SS, Royals (+900)
NL/AL Rookie of the Year 2022 odds: Long shots
Spencer Strider, SP/RP, Braves (+3000). The Braves will look for the 23-year-old Strider to produce in the starting rotation after pitching in the bullpen. Strider made his first start in late May against the Diamondbacks and allowed three earned runs and a home run in 4.1 innings, but he still managed to throw out seven strikeouts.
Strider followed up his first outing with a five-strikeout performance in his last start against the Rockies at Coors Fields. The hard-throwing right-hander will have ample opportunity to work out of the rotation. If he continues to rack up the strikeouts, his chances will increase, so it’s best to get into Strider now.
NL long shot to watch: Bryson Stott, SS/2B, Phillies (+10,000)
Reid Detmers, PS, Angels (+3500). Detmers hasn’t been able to string together a string of quality starts after throwing a no-hitter earlier this season. The young right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 49.2 innings (nine starts).
Detmers produced a 4.24 ERA in four starts last month, but started June with back-to-back scoreless outings. The Angels need him to turn things around, especially if they want to make a playoff push, but if you’re betting on Detmers, you’re hoping he can start putting together some quality starts for the Halos.
AL long shot to watch: Jake Burger, 3B, White Sox (+25,000)
NL Rookie of the Year Odds: Top 10
AL Rookie of the Year Odds: Top 10
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