MLB Rookie of the Year Odds: 2024 AL & NL Favorites

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes, making his major league debut, delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 11, 2024.
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Shane Jackson @Sjacksonmgm Jul 16, 2024, 2:14 PM
  • Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes is the new favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year.
  • Rangers’ Wyatt Langford is back to being the favorite in the AL.

Corbin Carroll of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Gunnar Henderson of the Baltimore Orioles were named Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues in 2023, making an immediate impact for two playoff teams.

It also proved that MLB odds are getting better at projecting the future superstars of the league, as Henderson was the preseason favorite in the AL (+250), and Carroll was the No. 2 option (+400) in the NL last spring.

Who will win MLB Rookie of the Year in 2024?

AL Rookie of the Year Odds: Favorites

PlayerTeamOdds
Wyatt LangfordRangers+120
Luis GilYankees+200
Ceddanne RafaelaRed Sox+1100
Colton CowserOrioles+1200
Wilyer AbreuRed Sox+1600
Mason MillerAthletics+1600
Colt KeithTigers+2500
Ben RiceYankees+2500
Spencer HorwitzBlue Jays+3500
Brooks LeeTwins+4000

The AL Rookie of the Year race hasn’t featured much drama in recent seasons. 

The preseason favorite has won AL Rookie of the Year in two of the last three seasons, with the lone exception being Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez, who was slightly behind Kansas City’s Bobby Witt Jr. in the odds.

But this year’s race has been wide open, even if Wyatt Langford currently leads the way after being a preseason favorite in this market.

Langford struggled out of the gates, opening the door for Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller to grab an early lead in the race. Miller’s triple-digit fastball is why he’s one of the top candidates in this year’s MLB trade deadline player rankings.

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Gil eventually went from long shot (I bet him at 50/1) to a minus-odds favorite. But some poor recent starts have moved Gil to second on this odds board behind Langford.

Langford has only recently produced better results, so this race is ongoing.

Gil is currently the best bet, as the All-Star break could provide an excellent opportunity for a reset.

Prediction: Luis Gil (+200)

NL Rookie of the Year Odds: Favorites

PlayerTeamOdds
Paul SkenesPirates-1200
Jackson MerrillPadres+500
Shōta ImanagaCubs+2800
Gavin StoneDodgers+4000
Michael BuschCubs+4000
Masyn WinnCardinals+5000
Joey OrtizBrewers+5000
Rece HindsReds+5500
James WoodNationals+6600
Jackson ChourioBrewers+8000

While the AL Rookie of the Year race is wide open, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes has completely shut the door in the NL.

Since debuting in May, Skenes has showcased some of the best stuff in baseball. He earned a start in this year’s All-Star Game and has emerged as a serious contender in the NL Cy Young odds race.

Skenes has a four-seam fastball that averages over 99 mph and a split-finger pitch that generates a 30% whiff rate. He’s been more dominant than anyone could have expected early in his career.

Skenes’ dominance has overshadowed a strong NL rookie class. In a typical season, Jackson Merrill, Shōta Imanaga, and Gavin Stone would all be solid contenders for this award.

However, the Skenes’ show has been anything but ordinary.

Prediction: Paul Skenes (-1200)

MLB Betting Insights: Rookie of the Year

Here are the latest betting insights for the Rookie of the Year markets at the online sportsbook:

AL Rookie of the Year

  • Highest Tickets: Wyatt Langford 20.6%
  • Highest Handle: Wyatt Langford 27.7%
  • Biggest Liability: Wyatt Langford

NL Rookie of the Year

  • Highest Tickets: Paul Skenes 21.1%
  • Highest Handle: Paul Skenes 25.6%
  • Biggest Liability: Paul Skenes

2023 AL Rookie of the Year Voting

RankNameTeamVote Pts1st PlaceShare
1Gunnar HendersonBAL15030100%
2Tanner BibeeCLE67045%
3Triston CasasBOS25017%
4Josh JungTEX16011%
5Yainer DiazHOU604%
6Masataka YoshidaBOS302%
7Edouard JulienMIN201%
8Anthony VolpeNYY101%

2023 NL Rookie of the Year Voting

RankNameTmVote Pts1st PlaceShare
1Corbin CarrollARI15030100%
2Kodai SengaNYM71047%
3James OutmanLAD20013%
4Nolan JonesCOL17011%
5Matt McLainCIN503%
6Spencer SteerCIN403%
7Patrick BaileySFG101%
7Elly De La CruzCIN101%
7Eury PérezMIA101%

List of AL & NL Rookie of the Year Winners

YearAL WinnerNL Winner
1947Jackie Robinson*Jackie Robinson*
1948Alvin Dark*Alvin Dark*
1949Roy SieversDon Newcombe
1950Walt DropoSam Jethroe
1951Gil McDougaldWillie Mays
1952Harry ByrdJoe Black
1953Harvey KuennJim Gilliam
1954Bob GrimWally Moon
1955Herb ScoreBill Virdon
1956Luis AparicioFrank Robinson
1957Tony KubekJack Sanford
1958Albie PearsonOrlando Cepeda
1959Bob AllisonWillie McCovey
1960Ron HansenFrank Howard
1961Don SchwallBilly Williams
1962Tom TreshKen Hubbs
1963Gary PetersPete Rose
1964Tony OlivaDick Allen
1965Curt BlefaryJim Lefebvre
1966Tommie AgeeTommy Helms
1967Rod CarewTom Seaver
1968Stan BahnsenJohnny Bench
1969Lou PiniellaTed Sizemore
1970Thurman MunsonCarl Morton
1971Chris ChamblissEarl Williams
1972Carlton FiskJon Matlack
1973Al BumbryGary Matthews
1974Mike HargroveBake McBride
1975Fred LynnJohn Montefusco
1976Mark FidrychButch Metzger
1977Eddie MurrayPat Zachry
1978Lou WhitakerAndre Dawson
1979John CastinoBob Horner
1979Alfredo GriffinRick Sutcliffe
1980Joe CharboneauSteve Howe
1981Dave RighettiFernando Valenzuela
1982Cal Ripken Jr.Steve Sax
1983Ron KittleDarryl Strawberry
1984Alvin DavisDwight Gooden
1985Ozzie GuillénVince Coleman
1986Jose CansecoTodd Worrell
1987Mark McGwire§Benito Santiago
1988Walt WeissChris Sabo
1989Gregg OlsonJerome Walton
1990Sandy Alomar Jr.David Justice
1991Chuck KnoblauchJeff Bagwell
1992Pat ListachEric Karros
1993Tim Salmon§Mike Piazza
1994Bob HamelinRaúl Mondesí
1995Marty CordovaHideo Nomo
1996Derek JeterTodd Hollandsworth
1997Nomar GarciaparraScott Rolen
1998Ben GrieveKerry Wood
1999Carlos BeltránScott Williamson
2000Kazuhiro SasakiRafael Furcal
2001Ichiro SuzukiAlbert Pujols
2002Eric HinskeJason Jennings
2003Ángel BerroaDontrelle Willis
2004Bobby CrosbyJason Bay
2005Huston StreetRyan Howard
2006Justin VerlanderHanley Ramírez
2007Dustin PedroiaRyan Braun
2008Evan LongoriaGeovany Soto
2009Andrew BaileyChris Coghlan
2010Neftalí FelizBuster Posey
2011Jeremy HellicksonCraig Kimbrel
2012Mike TroutBryce Harper
2013Wil MyersJosé Fernández
2014José AbreuJacob deGrom
2015Carlos CorreaKris Bryant
2016Michael FulmerCorey Seager
2017Aaron JudgeCody Bellinger
2018Shohei OhtaniRonald Acuña Jr.
2019Yordan ÁlvarezPete Alonso
2020Kyle LewisDevin Williams
2021Randy ArozarenaJonathan India
2022Julio RodríguezMichael Harris II
2023Gunnar HendersonCorbin Carroll

*There was only one award for both leagues in 1947 and 1948.

MLB Teams With Most Rookie of the Year Awards

The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers have the most Rookie of the Year Awards (18):

Dodgers: 18
Braves: 9
Yankees: 9
Athletics: 8
Orioles: 8
Reds: 8

Has a Rookie Ever Won the Cy Young Award?

Only one rookie has won the Cy Young Award: Fernando Valenzuela.

Valenzuela was a 21-year-old rookie for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 when he led the MLB in strikeouts and lead the Dodgers to the World Series.

Has an MLB Rookie Ever Won MVP?

Two rookies have won MVP: Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki.

Lynn won AL MVP in 1975 after leading the Boston Red Sox to 95 regular-season wins and a World Series appearance in the World Series. Ichiro won AL MVP in 2001 as the Seattle Mariners tied the MLB record for most wins in a season (116).

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Shane Jackson

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Shane Jackson is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM, covering MLB and NBA. After graduating from the University of Kansas, his previous stops include MLB.com, Lawrence Journal-World, Manhattan Mercury, Bet Chicago Sports, WynnBET, and Sportsbook Review.

Shane Jackson is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM, covering MLB and NBA. After graduating from the University of Kansas, his previous stops include MLB.com, Lawrence Journal-World, Manhattan Mercury, Bet Chicago Sports, WynnBET, and Sportsbook Review.