The 2022 National League Rookie of the Year award was claimed by Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II in one of the most vigorous rookie classes in recent years.
Harris beat out his teammate, Spencer Strider, who became the fastest pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts in a season.
Let’s take a look at our updated 2023 NL Rookie of the Year Award predictions and best bets.
NL Rookie of the Year Odds 2023
NL Rookie of the Year MLB betting odds are current as of Tuesday, April 18, from Caesars Sportsbook.
- Corbin Carroll, OF, Diamondbacks (+290)
- Jordan Walker, 3B/OF, Cardinals (+400)
- Kodai Senga, SP, Mets (+500)
- James Outman, OF, Dodgers (+600)
- Brett Baty, 3B, Mets (+1400)
- Garrett Mitchell, OF, Brewers (+1500)
- Spencer Steer, 1B/3B, Reds (+1700)
- Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets (+2000)
- Joey Wiemer, OF, Brewers (+2200)
- Miguel Vargas, 1B/OF, Dodgers (+2200)
- Ezequiel Tovar, SS, Rockies (+2500)
- Hayden Wesneski, SP, Cubs (+2500)
- Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds (+2500)
There is a solid crop of candidates competing for the NL ROY award in 2023, but the genuine contenders will be a product of their opportunity.
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NL Rookie of the Year Best Bet 2023
Corbin Carroll, Diamondbacks (+290)
Carroll is the odds-on favorite to win the NL ROY for a good reason. The Diamondbacks’ top prospect slashed .260/.330/.500 with four long balls and two stolen bases in 32 games in the majors last season and is poised to build on that in 2023.
Through the first 17 games, Carroll is batting .274 with four home runs, six stolen bases, and a .516 slugging percentage,
The 22-year-old has a fantastic glove to pair with his blazing speed, giving Carroll a five-tool skillset with a massive ceiling.
NL Rookie of the Year Contenders 2023
Jordan Walker, Cardinals (+400)
After moving to the outfield following the Cardinals’ acquisition of All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, Walker is primed for a strong 2023 season.
After an excellent spring training, Walker is batting .254 with a pair of long balls through 17 games.
Kodai Senga, New York Mets (+500)
Senga signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Mets this offseason after 11 seasons in the NPB.
Senga’s velocity can touch 101 mph while sitting around 96 mph. This could be a lethal combination with his “ghost fork," which is a combination of a forkball and splitter.
Through his first three starts of the 2023 campaign, Senga carries a 30% strikeout rate and a 3.38 ERA.
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NL Rookie of the Year Sleepers 2023
Brett Baty, Mets (+1400)
Baty can hit for contact and power and has a strong arm for the hot corner.
In 42 plate appearances in Triple-A this season, Baty slashed .400/.500/.886 with five home runs and two stolen bases. Baty would be a legitimate threat in the NL ROY race if he can carry his minor league success to the majors.
Francisco Alvarez, Mets (+2000)
Alvarez hit 51 home runs over his last two seasons in the minors before adding a pair in Triple-A Syracuse to start the season.
The Mets’ top prospect got the early call to join ther big club following an injury to Omar Narvaez. If Alvarez can find his power stroke, he could jump into the thick of the Rookie of the Year race quickly.
Brandon Pfaadft, Diamondbacks (+7500)
Pfaadt is 6’4" and 220 pounds. Add that frame to his consistent delivery, and you have a rookie who can go deep into games in his rookie year after leading the minors leagues in strikeouts last season (218 in 167 innings).
If Pfaadft is given an opportunity in a Diamondbacks rotation that contains Madison Bumgarner, he could shine brightly.