NL Rookie of the Year Odds Tracker: Oneil Cruz Favored Over Seiya Suzuki, Joey Bart
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NL Rookie of the Year Odds
Odds via PointsBet and as of April 6
Some notable names taking over new roles highlight this year’s National League Rookie of the Year crop.
Oneil Cruz is projected as a future star for a Pirates team that badly needs one, and he’s right in front of other wunderkinds such as Hunter Greene and Joey Bart.
A note here that Keibert Ruiz is not eligible for Rookie of the Year, as was previously stated by DraftKings and other sportsbooks. Caesars was the only book out there that didn’t have Ruiz listed. The Action Network has more on that below.
Let’s get right into it by highlighting some of the top contenders to take home this season’s award.
1. Oneil Cruz (+350)
Cruz is ready to make an impact in a power-starved Pirates lineup. The 6-foot-7 infielder saw only a pair of games with Pittsburgh last season — yet, that was seemingly enough for everyone’s ears to perk up.
Turns out effortless golf hacks that morph into no-doubters are …. good?
ONEIL CRUZ JUST HIT HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN!!! pic.twitter.com/PIMMswXDYl
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 3, 2021
2. Keibert Ruiz (+500)
You can read about Ruiz’ ineligibility here.
3. Seiya Suzuki (+500)
Suzuki signed a five-year deal with the Cubs ahead of the 2022 campaign, and has a chance to shine with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and others out of the mix.
4. Joey Bart (+800)
The Giants finally get a change of pace behind the dish in the wake of Buster Posey’s retirement. Bart, a Georgia Tech product, looks primed to wreak havoc on the entire league for the next decade.
Joey Bart with a no-doubt homer to right-center pic.twitter.com/COPV4bdb5o
— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) June 8, 2021
5. Hunter Greene (+900)
Greene would be the second Reds player to win in a row, after Jonathan India took home last year’s hardware. Greene, the former No. 2 pick out of the 2017 cycle, didn’t crack the top-30 prospect list for FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus or Baseball America.
6. Bryson Stott (+1100)
Stott played across three levels in 2021 and raked at every single stop.
After going berserk in the Arizona Fall League (.318 average, 31 RBI in 26 games), he worked his way up from High-A to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he hit north of .300.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 24, 2021
7. Sixto Sanchez (+1200)
Sanchez contributed to Miami’s underrated 2020 pitching staff, getting seven starts and working close to 40 innings. He underwent shoulder surgery last summer and was sidelined the entire campaign.
8. CJ Abrams (+1200)
The Padres will get an extended look at Abrams with Fernando Tatis Jr. on the shelf.
Abrams, 21, has moved from +6000 to +1200 in a matter of weeks.
9. Edward Cabrera (+1300)
Another Marlins arm makes the list, but not without a bit of a drop-off in pricing. Perhaps that’s due to the 6-foot-5 Cabrera struggling in a small cup of coffee last season: He went 0-3 with a 1.63 WHIP and allowed six homers over 26 1/3 frames.
10. Alek Thomas (+1500)
The Diamondbacks prospect was brilliant in 34 games at Triple-A Reno last season, slashing .369/.434/.658 while also providing a threat on the base paths five stolen bags.
11. Matt Vierling (+1500)
Vierling looked comfortable in his debut last season. The former fifth-rounder out of Notre Dame hit .324 with a couple homers over the course of 77 plate appearances.
12. Cade Cavalli (+1800)
Cavalli was due to regress after producing a 15.7 K/9 at High-A and 12.4 clip in Double-A last season. However, his 1-5 record, 7.30 ERA and 1.87 WHIP at Triple-A Harrisburg were hardly inspiring.
Nonetheless, the former No. 22-overall pick has the all the tools to go off in 2022.
Easy 100 mph and a nasty changeup by Cade Cavalli in the Futures Game pic.twitter.com/lCg57rVrlM
— Kev (@OnePursuitTakes) July 11, 2021
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