There are some MLB prospects that are waiting to make a name for themselves in the MLB. They have been working hard their whole life to reach the big leagues and now their dream came true.
Which rookies are going to make an impact this year? Outfielder Randy Arozarena won the 2021 American League Rookie of the Year. Some people and analysts are making their MLB picks today for the American League Rookie of the Year. Who has the greatest odds to win the 2022 American League Rookie of the Year?
Bobby Witt Jr. +325
Bobby Witt Jr. is the son of former MLB player Bobby Witt. Witt Jr. is a shortstop in the Kansas City Royals organization and he made the Opening Day roster for them. Bobby Witt Jr. has a great chance to make an immediate impact from day one.
He will be one of their cornerstone pieces for the future. Kansas City will need to turn the corner soon. Bobby Witt Jr. played in two different leagues last season in 2021 with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in Double-A and the Omaha Storm Chasers in Triple-A.
He played in 123 games last season in the minors and had a .285 batting average with 33 home runs and 97 RBIs, along with 29 stolen bases.
Witt Jr. was caught stealing 11 times. His OBP was .361, his SLG was .575, and his OPS was .939.
Spencer Torkelson +375
Spencer Torkelson is a third baseman and a first baseman in the Detroit Tigers organization. He has a ton of pop in his bat and is also an excellent and versatile fielder. Torkelson played for three different minor league teams in 2021. That was the only year he spent in the minor leagues.
The three teams he played for last year were the Western Michigan Highcaps in High-A, the Erie Seawolves in Double-A, and the Toledo Mudhens in Triple-A. In 121 games played in the minor leagues last season, Spencer Torkelson’s batting average was .267 with 30 home runs and 91 RBIs, along with five stolen bases.
He was caught stealing three times. Torkelson also had a .383 OBP, a .552 SLG, and a .935 OPS.
Adley Rutschman +500
Adley Rutschman was a former number one pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. The Baltimore Orioles need to turn the corner as a franchise in a hurry because they continue to be a laughing stock not only in the American League East but also in the MLB.
Rutschman is currently injured right now, but he shouldn’t miss much time. Adley Rutschman has all of the tools to be a very good catcher in the major leagues. He has a great eye at the plate and has pop in his bat, along with his great defensive ability in throwing out runners.
Rutschman played with two different teams in the minor leagues last season with the Bowie Baysox in Double-A and the Norfolk Tides in Triple-A. In 123 total games played in the minor leagues last season, his batting average was .285 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs, along with three stolen bases.
He was also caught stealing four times. His on-base percentage was .397, his SLG was .502, and his OPS was .899.
Shane Baz +700
The Tampa Bay Rays may have finally found another diamond in the rough for their starting rotation in Shane Baz. Tampa Bay has done a great job of developing young players and making them into everyday players. Their front office, coaching staff, managers, and analytics department is second to none in the major leagues.
He pitched for two different minor league teams last season in Double-A with the Montgomery Biscuits and in Triple-A with the Durham Bulls. His record last season was 5-4 with a 2.06 ERA. Baz pitched in 17 games in the minor leagues last season. In 78.2 innings pitched, he gave up 50 hits and 19 runs.
Shane Baz only walked 13 batters and struck out 113 batters. This is what the Tampa Bay Rays will expect at the major league levels with him.