AL Rookie of the Year Odds: Who Are the Favorites?

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM May 19, 2022, 3:00 PM

Young talent has flooded the American League this season and it has made for a highly competitive Rookie of the Year race.

So, instead of looking at MLB betting lines, it may be worth examining some futures odds.

Here’s a look at MLB odds for this year’s American League Rookie of the Year.

AL Rookie of the Year Odds

PlayerOdds (as of May 19)
Jeremy Pena+225
Julio Rodriguez+325
Joe Ryan+600
Bobby Witt Jr.+700
Spencer Torkelson+1400
Steven Kwan+1500

Jeremy Pena – Astros (+225)

Last week: Pena continued to tear the cover off the ball this past week as he only widened his lead in the race for AL ROY. The young shortstop hit .435 with one homer and six RBIs in his most recent stretch of games. He’s been on fire and has shown the power that made him the perfect replacement for Carlos Correa. 

Next week: Pena and the Astros will look to keep on cooking at home as they’ll welcome the Rangers and the Guardians to town next week. Texas and Cleveland currently hold the 24th and 25th spots in team ERA totals so all signs point to Pena raking against them. 

Joe Ryan – Twins (+600)

Last week: After struggling with his command against Houston, Ryan ironed out the issue in his last start. It was one of his better outings thus far as he gave up one run over six innings of work while striking out five and walking none against Cleveland. 

Next week: Ryan’s next start will come against a familiar foe, the Kansas City Royals. He’ll look to repeat his successful outing against them. He faced them in April and dazzled over six innings as he held the Royals scoreless as they only mounted two hits against him.

Julio Rodriguez – Mariners (+325)

Last week: The ultra-talented Mariners outfielder continued to put all his tools on display as he hit .269 and bashed his second career homer this past week. Rodriguez also added another bag to his MLB-leading 11 stolen bases. That speed has translated to the outfield as well. J-Rod is in the top eight percent of all outfielders in outs above average.

Next week: Rodriguez has really heated up the last few weeks and it should be no surprise to see him continue to play well this upcoming week. The Mariners will go to Boston for a four-game set before heading home to host the Oakland Athletics. Boston’s rotation will enter the series with 4.16 FIP which means that their 3.79 team ERA is bound to balloon and Rodriguez could be part of the reason it does this coming week.

Bobby Witt Jr. – Royals (+700)

Last week: Witt and the Royals offense are coming off an eruption, as they took full advantage of their trip to Coors Field. Overall, Witt put up an impressive showing as he hit .280 with three homers and five RBIs. He also drew three walks, which may be a sign of growth as Witt has been a free swinger to this point in his young career.

Next Week: Kansas City’s upcoming schedule is favorable for they will host the Twins for three games before heading to Arizona for a two-game set. If Witt can avoid fellow rookie Joe Ryan and the resurgent Zac Gallen, his hot streak may continue this coming week.

Spencer Torkelson – Tigers (+1400)

Last week: Torkelson’s last week was an improvement as he finally showed some signs of breaking out. He hit .250 with one homer and two RBIs. The rookie third baseman is still doing everything right at the plate as he’s making a ton of hard contact while also remaining very disciplined. Unfortunately, his slump caused his odds to plummet as he’s now fifth in the race when he opened the season as a co-favorite. 

Next week: Torkelson and the Tigers have a six-game road trip on tap as they’ll head to Cleveland before taking on the Twins. Torkelson has struggled against Minnesota as he’ll enter that series with a .111 BAA. The Guardians’ staff won’t be an easy task as Cal Quantrill and former Cy Young winner, Shane Bieber, are looming.

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