The 2022 AL Rookie of the Year race is looking more and more settled as the season moves deep into the summer. That said, several intriguing prospects are in the mix that could make some noise in the second half.
Keep reading for our 2022 AL Rookie of the Year predictions and best bets.
AL Rookie of the Year Odds 2022
AL Rookie of the Year MLB betting odds are current as of Aug. 10 from BetMGM Sportsbook.
- Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners (-600)
- Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros (+800)
- Bobby Witt Jr., SS/3B, Kansas City Royals (+1200)
- Adley Rutschman, C, Baltimore Orioles (+3000)
- Jose Miranda, 3B, Minnesota Twins (+5000)
- Steven Kwan, OF, Cleveland Guardians (+6600)
- Joe Ryan, SP, Minnesota Twins (+8000)
- MJ Melendez, C, Kansas City Royals (+8000)
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AL Rookie of the Year Prediction 2022
Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners (-600)
This race was close for a while at the beginning of the season before Rodriguez decided to run away with the honor. The dynamic Mariners outfielder has built up a commanding lead over his competition, slashing .271/.334/.482 over 401 plate appearances for a contender.
Rodriguez, who was an All-Star and finished runner-up to Juan Soto in the Home Run Derby, has already collected 18 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 96 games as well, flashing an impressive blend of power and speed.
While the 21-year-old phenom is currently on the IL with a wrist injury, he’ll look to pick up where he left off when he returns, making this our MLB bet of the day.
AL Rookie of the Year Contender 2022
Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros (+800)
Pena has done an outstanding job taking over for Carlos Correa as the Astros’ everyday shortstop.
Many experts predicted that the 24-year-old could stick with the big club this season due to his outstanding glove work, but his performance at the plate has been just as valuable. Pena is batting .246/.290/.423 with 15 home runs and six stolen bases over 360 plate appearances.
If not for Rodriguez’s historic campaign, Pena would be a legitimate contender for this award. As it stands, however, it’s difficult to imagine him taking home the hardware unless Rodriguez struggles mightily or re-injures himself upon returning.
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AL Rookie of the Year Sleeper 2022
Bobby Witt Jr., SS/3B, Kansas City Royals (+1200)
Coming into the season, Witt Jr. was the favorite to win this award. The multi-talented infielder has all the tools to be a superstar and cracked Kansas City’s Opening Day lineup, which is a rare opportunity for a rookie.
Witt’s bat has come around after a slow start, producing 15 home runs and 21 steals. His numbers still lag behind Rodriguez’s, however, making him a sleeper at the moment.
The 22-year-old is still close enough that he could overtake Rodriguez if he gets hot down the stretch, making him worth a dart throw at these odds.