2021 MLB Rookie of the Year Picks in American and National League

  • BetOnline has updated odds for both the American and National League Rookie of the Year awards
  • Rangers centerfielder Adolis Garcia (+150) leads a packed AL field despite slumping over the past month
  • Marlins lefty Trevor Rogers is a heavy -200 favorite to win the NL award but Reds second baseman Jonathan India (+225) is heating up

After being the only rookies to make last month’s All-Star Game, Adolis García and Trevor Rogers still lead Rookie of the Year field in the American and National League, respectively. However, Rogers was recently on the injured list with back spasms and Garcia’s hitting slump is now in its second month.

With other talented rookies coming on strong in recent weeks, there’s still plenty of time for the Rookie of the Year races to shift. Let’s look at the latest odds, starting in the AL, and please refer to our MLB 2021 betting guide for further baseball betting tips and advice with the World Series now under three months away.

AL Rookie of the Year

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Adolis Garcia+150
Luis Garcia+300
Akil Baddoo+450
Randy Arozarena+450
Eric Haase+1000
Andrew Vaughn+1600
Emmanuel Clase+2000
Ryan Mountcastle+2000
James Kaprelian+2500
Casey Mize+2800

The battle of the Garcias

Texas’ Adolis Garcia (+150) was designated for assignment in February, but luckily for the Rangers he cleared waivers and was eventually called up to the majors in April. The 28-year-old Cuban has smashed 23 home runs this season with 63 RBIs, however, he has been ice cold of late. Before hitting his last long ball last week, he had gone 5-for-42 (.119) with just one extra-base hit.

This prolonged slump could have opened the door for Luis Garcia (+300) if he wasn’t mired in one of his own. From mid-May to mid-July, the 24-year-old put together a 7-2 record with a 2.49 ERA and 70 strikeouts across 61 13 innings. Things have gotten rocky for the Astros righty since as he’s failed to complete five innings in three of his last five starts.

Now leading off for the Tigers, Akil Baddoo (+450) is hitting .269 with 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. With two months left in the season, there’s still plenty of time for the speedy centerfielder to make up ground on the slumping Garcias.

Despite being named ALCS MVP in 2020 and holding the record for hits (29), home runs (10), and total bases (64) in a single postseason, Randy Arozarena (+450) is still considered a rookie because his 81 career regular-season at-bats did not exceed the service time threshold. The Rays slugger predictably has been nowhere near as good as he was last October, but he’s no slouch either with a .260/.336/.432 slash line, 14 dingers and 48 RBIs.

Akil BaddooAL Rookie of the Year
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NL Rookie of the Year

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Trevor Rogers-200
Jonathan India+225
Dylan Carlson+1200
Ian Anderson+1400
Patrick Wisdom+1400
Ke'Bryan Hayes+2500
Jazz Chisholm+2800

Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood

Trevor Rogers (-200) returned from the 10-day DL on Saturday, earning a no-decision against the Yankees in his shortest outing of the season (3.2 innings). The Marlins southpaw has allowed more than two earned runs in just two of his 19 starts and tops all rookies in wins (seven), ERA (2.37), opponent average (.203) and strikeouts (125). If his bout with back spasms is over, Rogers could have the National League Rookie of the Year award all wrapped up.

Jonathan India (+225) is coming on strong, however, improving his stat line every month this year. The Reds second baseman claimed NL Rookie of the Month honors in July, hitting .319/.470/.527 with four homers and 12 RBIs over 25 games.

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