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Robert and Lux Favored To Win 2020 AL and NL Rookie of the Year Awards

Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Lux swinging a baseball bat.

The 2020 rookies will have a season to remember with over half of their first campaign getting wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of getting to play in front of thousands of fans for 162 games, there will be a deafening silence in empty ballparks for 60 games.

Online sportsbook Bovada has listed Chicago White Sox’s Luis Robert as the favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year at +250 followed by Oakland Athletics’ Jesus Luzardo at +350, Chicago White Sox’s Michael Kopech at +600, Detroit Tigers’ Casey Mize at +850 and Tampa Bay Rays’ Brendan McKay at +900 to round out the top five on the oddsboard.

As for the NL Rookie of the Year, Bovada has pegged Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux as the favorite at +200 followed by St. Louis Cardinals’ Dylan Carlson at +850, Washington Nationals’ Carter Kieboom +900, Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller at +1000 and San Diego Padres' MacKenzie Gore at +1100 to round out the top five.

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Odds To Win AL Rookie of the Year
PlayerOdds
Luis Robert+250
Jesus Luzardo+350
Michael Kopech+600
Casey Mize+850
Brendan McKay+900
Jo Adell+1200
Evan White+1800
Nate Pearson+2000
A.J. Puk+2000
Forrest Whitley+2200
Wander Franco+2500
Deivi Garcia+3000
Nick Madrigal+3500
Ryan Mountcastle+4000
Clarke Schmidt+4000
Sean Murphy+5000
Brady Singer+5500

Odds as of July 22 at Bovada

Odds To Win NL Rookie of the Year
PlayerOdds
Gavin Lux+200
Dylan Carlson+850
Carter Kieboom+900
Mitch Keller+1000
MacKenzie Gore+1100
Dustin May+1200
Brendan Rogers+1400
Jon Duplantier+1600
Cristian Pache+1800
Nico Hoerner+2000
Sixto Sanchez+2000
Joey Bart+2200
Kyle Wright+2400
Ke’Bryan Hayes+2400
Nick Lodolo+3000
Spencer Howard+3500
Jesus Sanchez+5000
David Peterson+5000
Drew Rasmussen+5000

Odds as of July 22 at Bovada

Why is Robert the AL ROY Favorite?

The 22-year-old outfielder has continued to develop throughout his minor league career and exploded onto the scene in 2019. Rising through the ranks, Robert was consistently near a .300 batting average with double-digit stolen bases. Last season, he skyrocketed from high-A ball up to Triple-A, performing well at each level.

With the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox’ Triple-A affiliate, the Cuba native played 47 games and racked up 16 home runs, 39 RBIs and seven stolen bags. Overall in 2019, he had a career-high 32 homers, 92 RBIs and 36 swiped bases – clearly ready to join the big club. Chicago has a loaded outfield with Eloy Jimenez, Nomar Mazara, Adam Engel and Leury Garcia; though Robert should slide in over Engel and Garcia, they could eat into his playing time.

Which Player is Providing Better Value Than Robert?

Although I like Robert’s teammate Michael Kopech, I’m not sure he’ll crack the rotation so I look here at another pitcher, Jesus Luzardo of the Oakland Athletics at +350, who is ready to turn heads on a team that is perhaps a little more ready to make a push into the playoffs. The 22-year-old looked terrific in his three appearances in spring training, tossing a combined 8.1 innings while striking out 13 batters, walking one, allowing four hits and just one earned run.

The Peru native made six appearances with the big club last year, striking out 16 batters over 12 innings and allowing just two earned runs and three walks. What’s most impressive is Luzardo’s incredible control; in 2018, when he pitched 109.1 innings at three different minor-league levels, he yielded just 30 walks. He has electric stuff on a great team, which is a recipe for success.

Why is Lux the NL ROY Favorite?

Gavin Lux already has built some credentials despite playing just 23 games with the Dodgers last year. The former first-round draft pick became the youngest player to hit a pinch-hit postseason home run, as well as the youngest Dodger to hit a playoff homer. Prior to getting called up to the majors, Lux was playing with Triple-A club Oklahoma City and had a ridiculous .392 batting average, a .478 on-base percentage and a 1.197 OPS in 49 games.

The Wisconsin native bopped 15 homers combined in 2018 in high-A and Double-A ball before upping the ante in 2019 with 28 round-trippers combined in Double-A, Triple-A and MLB. He has great speed on the basepaths, a real threat to steal bags and have extra-base hits. He is surely going to bring some excitement up the middle for the Dodgers and is rightfully the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year.

Which Player is Providing Better Odds Than Lux?

Another team that will definitely be a World Series contender in 2020 is the St. Louis Cardinals and they have an outfielder in Dylan Carlson who could burst onto the scene this season. The 21-year-old has odds of +850 to win the NL Rookie of the Year and it’s just a matter of whether he gets enough playing time on this strong squad.

In Double-A and Triple-A last year, Carlson had 26 home runs and 20 stolen bags and hit .292. He appeared in the Double-A Home Run Derby, was in the All-Star Futures Game and was named the Texas League Player of the Year. Playing on an elite club like the Cardinals with his blend of power and speed, the sky is the limit for Carlson. I’m just not sure he will get the body of work needed to win the award.