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  • Track how each contender’s odds of winning the AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards changed over the course of the 2020 season
  • Cristian Javier (Astros), Kyle Lewis (Mariners), and Luis Robert (White Sox) are the finalists in the AL
  • Alec Bohm (Phillies), Jake Cronenworth (Padres), and Devin Williams (Brewers) are the finalists in the NL 

Major League Baseball has been honoring its top freshmen since 1947 when Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson won the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award after hitting .297 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. No rookie has had the same cultural and historical impact as Robinson since, but plenty of first year players have shown flashes of brilliance while contributing to the success of their teams.

This page tracks the American League and National League Rookie of the Year races. The graphs below have been generated by averaging the latest odds from reputable online sportsbooks.

Bookmark this page and visit it regularly to see how the odds for the top contenders ebb and flow throughout the 2020 MLB season.

American League Top Contenders

  • Nov. 2: Finalists have been announced. Houston’s Cristian Javier joins Seattle’s Kyle Lewis and Chicago’s Luis Robert.
  • Sep. 15: Luis Robert (-110) is now the odds-on favorite, Kyle Lewis (+120) also saw his odds improve.
  • Sep. 9: Luis Robert (+125) has inched ahead of Kyle Lewis (+150) in what is still a two-horse race.
  • Sep. 3: It’s still a neck-and-neck race between SEA’s Lewis (+150) and CHW’s Robert (+150) with MIN’s Randy Dobnak third at +700.
  • Aug. 18: Mariners rookie Kyle Lewis has gone from off the board to +300 co-favorite in the first third of the season. He’s slashing .345/.420/.529 with five homers and 17 RBI in just 22 games.
  • July 9: Jesus Luzardo (Oakland, P) has seen his odds improve nearly two-fold since April (+614 to +383) and he is now second-favorite behind Luis Robert.
  • Apr. 28: Luis Robert is now the outright favorite at +310.
  • Mar. 19: Early bettors are keen on Luis Robert (+400) and Jesus Luzardo (+600), who improved from +550 and +975, respectively, since Mar. 5.
  • Mar. 3: Flame-throwing Michael Kopech opens as the AL ROY favorite at +300, followed by Detroit’s own prized pitching prospect Casey Mize at +450.

2020 American League Rookie of the Year Odds

Player (Position) Team 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Odds
Luis Robert (OF) White Sox -110
Kyle Lewis (OF) Mariners +120
Cristian Javier (P) Astros +800
Randy  Dobnak (P) Twins +900
Jesus Luzardo (P) Athletics +1200
Ryan Mountcastle (1B) Orioles +2500

Odds as of Sep. 15, 2020.

Past 10 AL Rookie of the Year Winners

Year Player Team
2010 Neftali Feliz (P) Texas Rangers
2011 Jeremy Hellickson (P) Tampa Bay Rays
2012 Mike Trout (OF) Los Angeles Angels
2013 Wil Myers (OF) Tampa Bay Rays
2014 Jose Abreu (1B) Chicago White Sox
2015 Carlos Correa (SS) Houston Astros
2016 Michael Fulmer (P) Detroit Tigers
2017 Aaron Judge (OF) New York Yankees
2018 Shohei Ohtani (P/DH) Los Angeles Angels
2019 Yordan Alvarez (DH) Houston Astros

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National League Top Contenders

  • Nov. 2: Favorite Jake Cronenworth of the Padres has been named a finalist along with the Phillies’ Alec Bohm and the Brewers’ Devin Williams.
  • Sep. 15: Sixto Sanchez (+140) has shot up the board and is now seen as Jake Cronenworth’s (-110) biggest challenger.
  • Sep. 9: Jake Cronenworth (-125) continues to lead Dustin May (+150).
  • Sep. 3: SD’s Jake Cronenworth is now an odds-on favorite at -120.
  • Aug. 18: Heavy preseason favorite Gavin Lux (+1200) has yet to play a game for LAD. But Dodgers’ pitcher Dustin May (the new favorite at +350) has sparkled in his first five starts of 2020, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.250 WHIP.
  • July 9: STL outfielder Dylan Carlson moved from outside of the top five all the way to second-favorite (+1202 to +917) as bettors expect him to see time in the lineup out of the gate.
  • Apr. 27: It seems no price is too short for Lux, who improved from +237 all the way to +200 over the last month.
  • Mar. 19: If you thought +350 was a short price for Lux, look away. The Dodger infielder is now +238 on average. No one else is shorter than +1000.
  • Mar. 3: Gavin Lux is the short-shot, opening at +350. No other player is better than +800 at the outset.

2020 National League Rookie of the Year Odds

Player (Position) Team 2020 NL Rookie of the Year Odds
Jake Cronenworth (2B) Padres -110
Sixto Sanchez (P) Marlins +150
Alec Bohm (3B) Phillies +400
Ian Anderson (P) Braves +1200
Devin Williams (P) Brewers +1600

Odds as of Sep. 15, 2020.

Past 10 NL Rookie of the Year Winners

Year Player Team
2010 Buster Posey (C) San Francisco Giants
2011 Craig Kimbrel (P) Atlanta Braves
2012 Bryce Harper (OF) Washington Nationals
2013 Jose Fernandez (P) Miami Marlins
2014 Jacob deGrom (P) New York Mets
2015 Kris Bryant (3B) Chicago Cubs
2016 Corey Seager (SS) Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 Cody Bellinger (1B) Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF) Atlanta Braves
2019 Pete Alonso (1B) New York Mets

Archived MLB Rookie of the Year Odds: 2019

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