Buy and Sell 2022 MLB Rookie of the Year Favorites | Launderer’s report

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    It’s not always easy to predict the winners of the American League and National League Rookie of the Year.

    Two years ago, Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis and Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams were far from favorites to win the tackle, and so was Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India in 2021.

    But Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena was undoubtedly one of the AL favorites last year, and other elite prospects such as Ronald Acuna Jr., Shohei Ohtani, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Kris Bryant have won the award in recent years.

    We took a closer look at the favorites for 2022 Rookie of the Year honors and played a round of buy or sell based on their latest. DraftKings odds. We’ve detailed the top four in each league as well as a few players with longer odds worth considering.

1 out of 10

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    Odds: +850

    Buster Posey’s retirement has opened the door for Joey Bart to take over as the San Francisco Giants’ starting catcher, and while those are big shoes to fill, he has the potential to be a perennial All-Star. .

    The 25-year-old was outmatched in a 33-game audition in 2020, when he spent a significant portion of the season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic at the majors, but he hit .294/.358/ .472 with 15 doubles and 10 home runs in 67 games at Triple-A last year.

    He will likely split time with Curt Casali at the start of the season, and the duo could share work all season as Bart settles in. It would be the smart move for the contending Giants, but it will take a bite out of Bart. production.

    Buy or Sell: To sell

2 out of 10

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    Odds: +500

    The Washington Nationals acquired catcher Keibert Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer in their blockbuster trade of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, and he immediately took over as starting catcher with no Will Smith in his way.

    He hit .284/.348/.395 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 23 games, and he was a regular offensive player in the minors. Riley Adams, another deadline picker, is his replacement, but Ruiz will be the primary starter.

    The 23-year-old has an average profile on power though, which could prevent him from posting the garish numbers that voters often seem to focus on. Still, he’s a well-rounded receiver and a potential centerpiece for Washington’s rebuild.

    Buy or Sell: To sell

3 out of 10

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    Odds: +400

    The Chicago Cubs have signed Japanese League star Seiya Suzuki to a five-year, $85 million deal, and he has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Hideo Nomo, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Ichiro Suzuki and Shohei Ohtani as a fifth Japanese player to win Rookie of the Year honors.

    The 27-year-old hit .317/.433/.636 with 38 homers and nearly as many walks (88) as strikeouts (89) last season, and he had a .943 OPS with 189 homers and 621 RBI in nine seasons with Hiroshima carp.

    Those strong plate discipline numbers bode well for his transition to MLB, and with a daily spot undoubtedly in the Cubs’ outfield, he has a clear path to playing time and a season’s worth. complete production.

    Buy or Sell: To buy

4 out of 10

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    Odds: +350

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have a future star in Oneil Cruz. The question is when he will take a day job in the big leagues. It doesn’t look like opening day is in the cards.

    “I think there’s still development to be done there,” manager Derek Shelton said. Rob Biertempfel of Athletics. “Oneil is going to have an impact on our club this year at some point. When it does, I don’t think any of us know. But the fact that he’s going to play in multiple positions, he continues learning to swing the bat, and there’s development there.”

    The 23-year-old hit .310/.375/.594 with 16 doubles, five triples and 17 home runs in Double-A and Triple-A last year, and he did it in just 68 games.

    There’s no reason the Pirates shouldn’t manipulate Cruz’s service time, but if he arrives in late April or early May, it’ll be plenty of time for the 6’7″ slugger to make his mark.

    Buy or Sell: To buy

5 out of 10

    JJ Bleday

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    PR Camilo Doval, San Francisco Giants (+2000)

    Doval had three stints with the Giants last season before joining the roster permanently in September. In that final streak, he pitched 14.1 scoreless innings with three walks and 20 strikeouts, going 4-0 with three saves and a strike. With an average fastball 98.6 mph and a wipeout slider, it has the stuff to be an elite closer.

    DH Seth Beer, Arizona Diamondbacks (+3000)

    Implementing the universal designated hitter gives Beer an opportunity to claim a day job for the D-backs. The 25-year-old has 50 hits, 55 powers profile, and he cut .287/.398/.511 with 33 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in 100 games at Triple-A last year. There’s 30 home runs in his bat, and he has a clear path to regular playing time.

    OF JJ Bleday, Miami Marlins (+10000)

    After a disappointing regular season last year, Bleday hit .316/.435/.600 with five home runs and 24 RBIs in 24 games in the Arizona Fall League. The Marlins are expected to open the season with veterans Avisail Garcia and Jorge Soler at outside corner positions, but they’ll find a way to fit Bleday’s bat into the roster once he’s ready. The No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft has an extremely high offensive ceiling.

6 out of 10

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    Odds: +750

    After Jarred Kelenic struggled and had to be sent back to the minors following an early promotion last year, the Seattle Mariners may decide to play things safer with Julio Rodriguez this year.

    The 21-year-old hit .347/.441/.560 with 34 extra hits and 21 interceptions in 74 games at High-A and Double-A last year and played for the Dominican Republic at the Olympics.

    With Kelenic, Jesse Winker and Mitch Haniger expected to start in the outfield and Kyle Lewis recovering from knee surgery, the Mariners have no reason to rush Rodriguez. He could force the team’s hand, but don’t be surprised if he spends half the season in the minors.

    Buy or Sell: To sell

7 out of 10

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    Odds: +500

    From the moment he was picked No. 1 in the 2019 draft, wide receiver Adley Rutschman was considered the cornerstone of the franchise and the future face of the Baltimore Orioles.

    The switch hitter hit .285/.397/.502 with 25 doubles, 23 homers and 75 RBIs in 123 games at Double-A and Triple-A last year, and with his mix of on-base ability, power and defensive strength, he should immediately be one of the best all-around receivers in the sport.

    The 24-year-old was on the shelf in spring training with a triceps injury that will likely put him out of contention for an opening day roster spot, but with only veteran Robinson Chirinos standing. holding the 40-man list in his path, it’s a matter of time before he gets the call.

    Buy or Sell: To buy

8 out of 10

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    Odds: +450

    Spencer Torkelson likely could have gone straight from Arizona State to the Detroit Tigers after being picked No. 1 overall in the 2020 draft.

    With a 60 hits, 70 powers profile, he’s been one of the top offensive prospects in years, and he’s backed up the hype by cutting down .267/.383/.552 with 29 doubles, 30 homers and 91 RBI in 121 games across three league levels. minor in his first pro campaign.

    Going into Thursday he was 4 for 12 with two doubles in spring training, and the Tigers – who spent big to add Javier Baez and Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency – seem willing to give him every chance to win the first job. opening day base. . A Pete Alonso-like start is not excluded.

    Buy or Sell: To buy

9 out of 10

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    Odds: +330

    Bobby Witt Jr. can make his case for being baseball’s No. 1 prospect after hitting .290 / .361 / .576 with 35 doubles, 33 homers, 97 RBIs, 99 runs and 29 steals in 124 games at Double-A and Triple-A last year.

    A natural shortstop, Witt has a shot at winning third base for the Kansas City Royals with a combination of Whit Merrifield, Nicky Lopez and Adalberto Mondesi filling the middle infield spots. The 21-year-old is 3-for-7 with a brace and home run in spring training.

    Spencer Torkelson at +450 is better value than Witt at +330 if you bet on a favorite, but both players have the potential to make a big impact.

    Buy or Sell: To buy

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    Riley Green

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    OF Riley Greene, Detroit Tigers (+1200)

    This looks like the best value on the board. Greene has been in step with Spencer Torkelson in his rise through Detroit’s farm system, and after hitting .301/.387/.534 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 124 games at Double-A and Triple-A, c It’s just as likely that he’ll break camp with a roster spot.

    SS Nick Allen, Oakland Athletics (+7500)

    After aggressively selling out of lockdown, athletics is rebuilding. Veteran Elvis Andrus is in the final year of his contract, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the team released him to pave the way for Allen. The smooth-fielding shortstop hit .288 / .346 / .403 with 25 extra hits and 12 interceptions in 89 games in the minors’ upper tiers last year, and he was also the shortstop starting on Team USA at the Olympics.

    OF Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (+9000)

    Lowe hit .291/.381/.535 with 28 doubles, 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 26 interceptions at Triple-A last year, and he’s the top defensive outfielder in Tampa Bay’s system. With veteran Kevin Kiermaier in the final year of his contract, the Rays could give Lowe an early opportunity to claim the starting center job and move Kiermaier to a fourth outfield role or trade him.

    Odds via DraftKings and exact as of Wednesday afternoon.

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