Play Ball! Opening day is Thursday, March 30th, so now is the time to dive into the MLB awards market. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Gunnar Henderson (+225) is the favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2023. Masataka Yoshida (+600) and Royce Lewis (+800) have the next shortest odds.
2023 AL Rookie of the Year Odds
|Gunnar Henderson||Baltimore Orioles||+225|
|Masataka Yoshida||Boston Red Sox||+600|
|Royce Lewis||Minnesota Twins||+800|
|Triston Casas||Boston Red Sox||+900|
|Hunter Brown||Houston Astros||+1000|
|Grayson Rodriguez||Baltimore Orioles||+1000|
|Anthony Volpe||New York Yankees||+1100|
|Oscar Colas||Chicago White Sox||+1300|
|Logan O’Hoppe||Los Angeles Angels||+1800|
|Josh Jung||Texas Rangers||+1800|
|DL Hall||Baltimore Orioles||+2000|
|Oswald Peraza||New York Yankees||+2500|
|Kyle Muller||Oakland Athletics||+3000|
|Bo Naylor||Cleveland Guardians||+3000|
|Matt Wallner||Minnesota Twins||+5000|
|Curtis Mead||Tampa Bay Rays||+7500|
Odds above courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of Wednesday, March 1.
AL Rookie of the Year Favorites
Gunnar Henderson, Baltimore Orioles, (+225) – Henderson is the No. 1 prospect in baseball, so it’s no surprise to see him have the shortest odds to win the AL Rookie of the Year. In 34 games last season, Henderson had a .259 batting average, four home runs, 30 hits, and a .788 OPS. He is expected to play for this Orioles team early and often.
Masataka Yoshida, Boston Red Sox (+600) – Yoshida is 29 years old and has played professionally in Japan since 2016. Yoshida is expected to make the Red Sox roster right away and add a lefty bat to the Red Sox lineup. In 762 games in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, he batted .327 with a .539 slugging percentage and was a two-time batting champion.
Royce Lewis, Minnesota Twins (+800) – Lewis played 12 games last season and had 12 hits, two home runs, and five RBIs. He is the No. 55 prospect in baseball, but he is poised to make a splash this season. Lewis has dealt with injuries in his minor-league career, but he has all the tools to have a solid big-league career.
AL Rookie of the Year Value Bets
Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees (+1100) – Volpe has had a great spring training so far, and it’s easy to see why the Yankees have faith in him. If he gets enough service time this season, Volpe is a candidate to have over 40 steals and is great value at this number.
Josh Jung, Texas Rangers (+1800) – Jung played 26 games last season, having five home runs and a .204 batting average. He is the No. 31 overall prospect in baseball. He has dealt with injuries, but when healthy, it is easy to see how he can contribute to a big-league team.
AL Rookie of the Year Longshot
Curtis Mead, Tampa Bay Rays, (+7500) – Mead is the Rays’ No. 1 overall prospect and has experience in AAA baseball. He has yet to play in the MLB but is a contact hitter who could help the Rays immediately. I am curious to see when Tampa Bay calls him up this season.
Past AL Rookie of the Year Winners
2022 – Julio Rodriguez, Seattle OF
2021 – Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay OF
2020 – Kyle Lewis, Seattle OF
2019 – Yordan Alvarez, Houston DH/OF
2018 – Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles DH/P
2017 – Aaron Judge, New York OF
2016 – Michael Fulmer, Detroit P
2015 – Carlos Correa, Houston SS
2014 – Jose Abreu, Chicago 1B
2013 – Wil Myers, Tampa Bay OF
2012 – Mike Trout, Los Angeles OF
2011 – Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay P
2010 – Neftali Feliz, Texas P
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