2021 MLB Rookie of the Year Betting Odds: Randy Arozarena, Ke’Bryan Hayes Favored

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images. Pictured: Randy Arozarena.

Baseball fans who followed last year’s postseason will recognize a few names toward the top of this season’s Rookie of the Year oddsboards.

Rays playoff standout Randy Arozarena is still eligible for the award thanks to a shortened 2020 season, even though this will be the third regular season in which he has taken part. Over in the National League, promising young right-handers Sixto Sánchez and Ian Anderson, both of whom made postseason starts, are the pitchers with the lowest odds.

Here are complete odds with Opening Day on the horizon.

All odds are as of March 29 and via DraftKings.

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American League Rookie of the Year Odds

Player Odds
Randy Arozarena +350
Wander Franco +1000
Jarred Kelenic +1000
Ryan Mountcastle +1200
Adley Rutschman +1200
Andrew Vaughn +1250
Bobby Dalbec +1500
Casey Mize +1500
Nate Pearson +1500
Garrett Crochet +1800
Luis Patino +1800
Alex Kirilloff +2000
Nick Madrigal +2000
Brendan McKay +2000
Triston McKenzie +2000
Bobby Bradley +2200
Deivi Garcia +2200
Nolan Jones +2500
Michael Kopech +2500
Julio Rodriguez +2500
Taylor Trammel +2500
Bobby Witt Jr. +2500
Matt Manning +3000
Dane Dunning +3500
Josh Jung +3500
Vidal Brujan +4000
Jeter Downs +4000
Luis Garcia +4000
Logan Gilbert +5000
Tarik Skubal +5000

There is more depth to the odds in the American League compared to the National. On the Junior Circuit, Randy Arozorena is heavily favored over soon-to-be teammate Wander Franco.

In total, there are 22 players at +2500 or lower. Arozarena’s early success, especially in last year’s postseason, gives him a leg up, but he’s the only position player set to start the season in a top-of-the-order impact role on this list, aside from Ryan Mountcastle, who is lower on the list because he has only played 35 games and is on the Orioles.

Former No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize and Blue Jays right-hander Nate Pearson are tied as the highest pitchers on the list. Mize showed off his flashes of potential last season, as did Pearson, who is going to start the 2021 campaign on the injured list due to a lower-body injury.

National League Rookie of the Year Odds

Player Odds
Ke’Bryan Hayes +350
Sixto Sánchez +500
Dylan Carlson +700
Ian Anderson +750
Nick Lodolo +1200
Cristian Pache +1200
Joey Bart +1500
Spencer Howard +1800
Tyler Stephenson +1800
Ha-Seong Kim +1800
MacKenzie Gore +2000
Miguel Amaya +2200
Seth Beer +2200
Jazz Chisholm +3000
Adonis Medina +3000
Seth Romero +3000
Lewin Diaz +3300
Josiah Gray +3300
Pavin Smith +3300
JJ Bleday +3500
Luis Campusano +3500
Adbert Alzolay +3500
Brailyn Marquez +4000
Keibert Ruiz +4000
Jonathan India +4000
William Contreras +4500
Oneil Cruz +5000
Jorge Ona +5000
Heliot Ramos +5000
Drew Waters +6000

Unlike the AL, the NL has four players who have clear high-impact roles to start the season.

Ke’Bryan Hayes is probably the best athlete on the list and put up very strong numbers in a brief cameo at the end of last season. Whether the rest of the Pirates’ mediocre lineup holds him down will be a potential concern, but the talent is there.

Sixto Sánchez and Ian Anderson both thrived at the end of last season and will play major roles in the Marlins and Braves’ rotations, respetively in 2021, while Dylan Carlson is poised for an everyday role in the Cardinals’ outfield. Carlson has a fantastic minor-league track record, although he struggled in 2020.

Other players poised for starting roles from the get-go include Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm, Cubs starter Adbert Alzolay and Reds infielder (soon to be a second baseman) Jonathan India.

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