The 2022 MLB season produced one of the strongest rookie classes in some time.
Seattle Mariners superstar Julio Rodriguez won the AL Rookie of the Year award after becoming the quickest player ever to reach 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases.
In addition, Kansas City Royals infielder Bobby Witt Jr. produced a 20/30 campaign, while Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutchsman slashed .254/.362/.445 with 13 home runs over 113 games.
Let’s take a look at our updated 2023 AL Rookie of the Year Award predictions and best bets.
AL Rookie of the Year Odds 2023
AL Rookie of the Year MLB betting odds are current as of Tuesday, April 18, from Caesars Sportsbook.
- Masataka Yoshida, OF, Red Sox (+400)
- Gunnar Henderson, 3B, Orioles (+400)
- Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees (+500)
- Hunter Brown, SP, Astros (+750)
- Logan O’Hoppe, C, Angels (+800)
- Grayson Rodriguez, SP, Orioles (+1100)
- Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox (+1100)
- Oscar Colás, OF, White Sox (+1200)
- Josh Jung, 3B, Rangers (+1200)
- Zach Neto, SS, Angels (+1800)
- Royce Lewis, SS, Twins (+2200)
- Corey Julks, OF, Astros (+2500)
- Esteury Ruiz, OF, Athletics (+2500)
It certainly looks like the AL ROY is poised to come out of the American League East, with the top three favorites hailing from the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, in addition to New York Yankees’ prospect Anthony Volpe.
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AL Rookie of the Year Best Bet 2023
Masataka Yoshida, Boston Red Sox (+400)
The 29-year-old has already won two batting titles in Japan and batted .336 last season with a .447 on-base percentage for the Orix Buffaloes.
As the everyday left fielder for the Red Sox, Yoshida has the opportunity to rack up counting stats in an underrated Boston offense. Through 12 games, the 29-year-old has posted a 15.1% walk rate with only a 9.4% strikeout rate.
AL Rookie of the Year Contenders 2023
Gunnar Henderson, Baltimore Orioles (+400)
The Orioles’ top prospect held his own during a brief call-up to the majors in 2022, batting .259/.348/.440 over 116 at-bats with four home runs.
However, the Orioles’ top prospect is batting just .178/.373/.289 through 14 games with a 35.6% strikeout rate this season. That said, Henderson has still posted a 104 wRC+ with 12 runs scored.
The talent is there, and it is a long season.
Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees (+500)
Volpe is an exceptional talent. He became the first minor league player to hit 20 home runs and steal 50 bases since Andruw Jones in 1995.
If the 21-year-old can overcome his early struggles in the majors this season (82 WRC+ through 16 games), he has the tools to run away with the Rookie of the Year award.
Hunter Brown, Houston Astros (+750)
Brown touches 99 mph with his fastball while sporting an impressive curve. The Astros trusted the right-hander enough to use him out of the bullpen in the postseason last year, where he tossed 3 2/3 shutout innings.
The 24-year posted a 2.55 ERA in Triple last season with a K/9 over 11 and a 1.93 ERA over 18.2 innings in 2023.
Brown’s four-pitch mix could be lethal if he can harness his command issues.
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AL Rookie of the Year Sleeper 2023
Logan O’Hoppe, Los Angeles Angels (+800)
Acquired from the Phillies last season in the Brandon Marsh trade, O’Hoppe posted an impressive 1.146 OPS in Double-A, which led to a cup of coffee at the major league level.
Through 13 games, O’Hoppe carries a .533 slugging percentage and 123 wRC+.
If other standout talents fail to impress or fall to injury, O’Hoppe could sneak into the AL ROY conversation.
Josh Jung, Texas Rangers (+1200)
Jung was originally a contender for the 2022 AL Rookie of the Year award before suffering a torn labrum that cost him most of his season. However, the third baseman was able to make it back in time to smack five home runs in fewer than 100 at-bats by the season’s end.
The 24-year-old now has everyday at-bats with the Rangers after posting a .311/.381/.538 slash line throughout this minor league career.
Jung is batting .288/.333/.492 with three home runs and a 129 wRC+ through 15 games.
Oscar Colás, Chicago White Sox (+1200)
Colásadvanced from High-A to Triple-A after batting .314/.371/.524 with 23 long balls over 177 games last season.
The 24-year-old has impressive power and arm strength that could surprise after he settles in at the major league level.
The good news is that Colás made the White Sox out of spring training. The bad news is that he has struggled out of the gate, batting .235 with a .282 wOBA.