2022 MLB Rookie of the Year Odds & Favorites: Rodriguez, Strider lead the way in AL & NL

By | July 21, 2022

Being named Rookie of the Year is not a sign of future success, but over the years, many players who have captured ROY honors have become MLB megastars.

Many of the game’s biggest current names can count Rookie of the Year among their list of achievements and awards, including reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani, two-time NL MVP Bryce Harper, two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, and two-time MLB Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso.

Will this year’s winners go on to reach such heights? That remains to be seen, but halfway through the season, a few candidates in each league have separated themselves from the rest of the field as favorites.

2022 MLB Rookie of the Year Odds

Odds are via FanDuel as of Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Odds to be Named 2022 AL Rookie of the Year

  • Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners -370
  • Jeremy Pena, Houston Astros +750
  • Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals +1200
  • Adley Rutschman, Baltimore Orioles +3500
  • Joe Ryan, Minnesota Twins +4000
  • Riley Greene, Detroit Tigers +4500
  • Jose Miranda, Minnesota Twins +5500
  • MJ Melendez, Kansas City Royals +6500
  • George Kirby, Seattle Mariners +6500
  • Vinnie Pasquantino, Kansas City Royals +8000
  • Steven Kwan, Cleveland Guardians +10000
  • Jake Burger, Chicago White Sox +10000

Odds to be Named 2022 NL Rookie of the Year

  • Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves +175
  • Michael Harris Jr., Atlanta Braves +200
  • Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates +950
  • Seiya Suzuki, Chicago Cubs +1400
  • Nolan Gorman, St. Louis Cardinals +2000
  • Brendan Donovan, St. Louis Cardinals +2000
  • MacKenzie Gore, San Diego Padres +2400
  • Christopher Morel, Chicago Cubs +2400
  • Juan Yepez, St. Louis Cardinals +2800
  • Alek Thomas, Arizona Diamondbacks +5000
  • Jack Suwinski, Pittsburgh Pirates +5000
  • Roansy Contreras, Pittsburgh Pirates +8500
  • Max Meyer, Miami Marlins +8500
  • Luis Gonzalez, San Francisco Giants +8500

2022 MLB Rookie of the Year Frontrunners

American League Rookie of the Year Candidates

Julio Rodriguez, CF, Seattle Mariners (-370)

Current 2022 Stats for Julio Rodriguez (at the All-Star break): 91 games, .275 BA, 18 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 21-26 SB, 53 R

With so much of the season left, it’s just a bit early to crown Rodriguez as this year’s AL Rookie of the Year. But if he stays healthy, it’s going to take a lot for someone to snatch it from him.

Unsurprisingly, Rodriguez needed some time to acclimate to MLB pitching, as he was hitting only .205 with no homers and six RBI at the end of April.

But since then, he is hitting .293 with 14 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, and 46 RBI. He made the AL All-Star squad, and he reached the finals of the MLB Home Run Derby, where he was edged out by Juan Soto.

He can win even if the Mariners’ push to make the MLB playoffs is unsuccessful, but if he continues at this level and the M’s make the postseason, only the most contrarian voters could deny a deserved unanimous win.

Julio Rodríguez’s grand slam | 07/15/2022
Julio Rodríguez smashes a grand slam to center field to extend the Mariners’ lead to 8-3 in the top of the 8th inning

Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros (+750)

Current 2022 Stats for Jeremy Pena: 70 games, .263 BA, 9 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 6-7 SB, 38 R

In the offseason, the Houston Astros didn’t re-sign longtime shortstop Carlos Correa, who opted to join the Minnesota Twins.

But while Pena may still be a work in progress in the field–he has 13 errors in 70 games, while Correa has only five in the same number of games this season–he has proven to be a more than adequate replacement in the lineup.

Jeremy Peña’s walk-off home run | 07/03/2022
Jeremy Peña hits a two-out walk-off home run to center field in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Astros a 4-2 win

Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals (+1200)

Current 2022 Stats for Bobby Witt Jr.: 88 games, .254 BA, 18 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 17-20 SB, 48 R

The Royals are headed for a sixth straight losing season, but the son of former MLB pitcher Bobby Witt is making the waves he was expected to this season, showing off speed and power offensively and playing third base and shortstop for the Royals.

Bobby Witt Jr.’s 443-foot homer | 06/03/2022
Statcast measures the exit velocity and projected distance of Bobby Witt Jr.’s 443-foot home run against the Astros

National League Rookie of the Year Candidates

Spencer Strider, P, Atlanta Braves (+175)

Current 2022 Stats for Spencer Strider: 21 appearances, 10 starts, 4-3, 3.03 ERA, 74.1 IP, 48 H, 27 R, 25 ER, 30 BB, 114 K, 1.05 WHIP, .180 OBA

Strider is bidding to become the first starting pitcher to win NL Rookie of the Year honors since deGrom did in 2014.

Whether or not he does might depend on how the Braves decide to manage him late in the season, as they are likely to be conservative with his workload when September comes.

If that is the case, the door will be open for his teammate to catch him, but it’s also entirely possible that the flamethrowing righty will have done enough by that point to have ROY locked up.

Since joining the starting rotation in late May, Strider has had double-digit strikeouts three times. Coming out of the All-Star break, the 23-year-old out of Clemson is tied for 10th in MLB in strikeouts.

Spencer Strider strikes out 11 | 07/02/2022
Spencer Strider strikes out 11 batters, allowing one run and one hit in his six-inning start against the Reds

Michael Harris II, CF, Atlanta Braves (+200)

Current 2022 Stats for Michael Harris II: 49 games, 9 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 10-10 SB, 30 R

Harris hasn’t even played 50 games at this point, but the impact that he is having for one of the leading World Series favorites makes him a frontrunner.

With Harris at the bottom of the lineup, the Braves pose some serious problems for opponents when the order turns over, with the top four of Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, Matt Olson, and Austin Riley following him.

Harris has cooled off a bit in July, but the All-Star break would have been a good chance to recharge his batteries a bit and get ready to help the Braves make a push for a fifth straight NL East title and a World Series repeat.

Harris II’s four-hit night | 07/08/2022
Michael Harris II erupts for four hits, including a home run, in the Braves’ 12-2 win over the Nationals

Oneil Cruz, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates (+950)

Current 2022 Stats for Oneil Cruz: 26 games, 5 2 B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 4-7 SB, 14 R

As with the Royals, the Pirates aren’t really going anywhere this year, though they are the best of the rest in the NL Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals.

But Cruz is must-see TV, whether at the plate or in the field. Beyond the fact that a six-foot-seven shortstop is something you don’t see every day, Cruz has all of the tools to be a star in the field and at the plate.

It’s tough to see him passing either Strider or Harris for Rookie of the Year honors, but he is a player to watch this year and for the next many years as well.

Oneil Cruz’s 431-foot home run | 06/30/2022
Statcast measures the projected distance, exit velocity and launch angle of Oneil Cruz’s 431-foot home run

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