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Corey Seager the Front-Runner in Rookie of the Year Odds

The rookie class this year has been excellent but two candidates in each league are running away with their respective races. Check out the odds below.

National League Rookie of the Year Odds

Corey Seager was in a tight race with Trevor Story for NL Rookie of the Year up until Story hit the DL with a thumb injury that will most likely end his season. The two had been neck and neck with Story setting rookie slugging records and Seager looking like a veteran major leaguer.

The race is now the Dodgers’ shortstop’s to lose. He is -500 with the closest competitor, Junior Guerra, sitting at +800. Guerra has pitched well as a rookie and would probably be stiffer competition for Seager if he had started the season in the majors.

Kenta Maeda, the Japanese international pitcher, made the list as well but sits well back of his Dodger teammate at +1000 after making an easy transition to the North American game.

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Corey Seager (LAD) -500
  • Junior Guerra (MIL) +800
  • Kenta Maeda (LAD) +1000
  • Steven Matz (NYM) +1200

American League Rookie of the Year Odds

The AL rookie class is currently being paced by Tigers’ pitcher Michael Fulmer who has been pegged as the -250 favorite to take home the hardware. The highlight of Fulmer’s introduction to the MLB so far was a stretch of 50 innings where he allowed just three total runs.

Fulmer has not only been the best rookie pitcher in the MLB, he has been one of the best hurlers in the entire league, posting numbers comparable to Stephen Strasburg’s. If he had started the season with the Tigers he would be a serious contender for the AL Cy Young award.

Max Kepler of the Twins, Nomar Mazara of the Rangers and Tyler Naquin of the Indians all trail Fulmer at +500, +750 and +750 respectively. Out of these three players, I think Mazara has had the biggest impact on his team. He has batted his way to a .281/.333/.421 slash line and has slugged 13 home runs in 366 at-bats. The lefty outfielder was plugged into the middle of the Rangers' lineup and made an immediate difference.

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Michael Fulmer (DET) -250
  • Max Kepler (MIN) +500
  • Nomar Mazara (TEX) +750
  • Tyler Naquin (CLE) +750