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AL Rookie of the Year Odds – Mariners’ Rodriguez Now Favored Over Astros’ Pena

David Esser

by David Esser in MLB Baseball

Jun 15, 2022 · 1:46 PM PDT

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Jun 14, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez (44) hits a single against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
  • Julio Rodriguez entered Wednesday June 15 with a .263 batting average
  • The Mariners rookie has vaulted to the top of the AL Rookie of the Year odds
  • Can Rodriguez stay ahead of Astros shortstop sensation Jeremy Pena?

One of the most anticipated rookie debuts in MLB this season was that of Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez. An international signee from 2017, Rodriguez entered the 2021 season as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, only trailing Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman.

Hailed as a multi-tool player who can do a little bit of everything, the Mariners internally view Rodriguez as their long-term answer out in centerfield. If the recent movement in the AL Rookie of the Year odds tell us anything, the Mariners front office should be feeling pretty good about that vision becoming a reality.

AL Rookie of the Year Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Julio Rodriguez (SEA) +100
Jeremy Pena (HOU) +300
Bobby Witt Jr. (KC) +750
Joe Ryan (MIN) +2000
Adley Rutschman (BAL) +3000
Jake Burger (CHW) +3500
Spencer Torkelson (DET) +4000
MJ Melendez (KC) +4500
Reid Detmers (LAA) +6000
Shane Baz (TB) +6000
Brock Burke (TEX) +6000
Steven Kwan (CLE) +7500
George Kirby (SEA) +7500
Vinnie Pasquantino (KC)
+7500
Triston Casas (BOS)
+8500
Riley Greene (DET)
+8500
Gabriel Moreno (TOR)
+10000
Luis Gil (NYY)
+13000
Kyle Bradish (BAL)
+13000
Josh Winder (MIN)
+13000
Dany Jimenez (OAK)
+13000

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As you can clearly see in the above-inserted table, the race between Rodriguez and Pena is still extremely close. Pena leads Rodriguez in most notable stat categories, including OPS, OPS+, and WAR. However, Rodriguez currently leads all major league hitters in stolen bases, which could be giving him a slight edge.

Rodriguez is also three years younger than Pena, which typically doesn’t matter from an awards voting point of view. However, the expectation is Rodriguez is still very much easing into the game and filling out his frame.

AL ROTY Contenders

Entering Wednesday June 15, it’s very much a two-person race between Rodriguez and Pena. However, there are a few other rising rookies who have flirted with the best MLB Rookie of the Year odds.

Kansas City’s Bobby Witt Jr. began the 2021 season with the best MLB odds at +300. However, he’s since gone up to +750, according to FanDuel.

Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman currently sits at +3000 to win the award. However, he began the year at +550.

Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Ryan is the last big name rookie worth mentioning in this discussion. His odds currently sit at +2000. However, his odds creeped as low as +600 in late May. It’s always tough to compare pitchers to hitters when it comes to an award like this. However, him being a consistent member of a starting rotation as a rookie puts him in a favorable position to get back in the conversation.

Best (and Worst) Bets

Entering Wednesday’s slate of games, it still feels like Pena should be considered the top favorite to secure the AL ROTY award. Despite the recent odds movement in favor of Rodriguez, Pena’s numbers are extremely impressive, and the Astros have some of the best World Series odds in baseball right now.

Team success isn’t always terribly relevant to individual awards in baseball. However, Pena being a starting shortstop with a 2.9 WAR and .800+ OPS on a contender isn’t something that should just be tossed aside. He’s a big reason Houston has been so good post Carlos Correa.

In conclusion, getting Rodriguez at +100 to win the award probably isn’t the best move.

If you’re looking to pick up some value when it comes to the AL Rookie of the Year odds, grabbing Ryan at +2000 or Rutschman at +3000 feels like the play. As mentioned previously, Ryan’s status as a starting pitcher gives him a unique advantage, and Rutschman is the No. 1 prospect in baseball.

All it would take for Rutschman to vault to the top of the odds leaderboard is a nice hot streak. His recent three-hit game against the Royals could be signaling that such a streak is imminent.

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