Odds To Win The American League Rookie Of The Year

The American League has some young talent, however about only half of the guys on this list will even break camp with their parent big clubs,and others will be blocked for various reasons -including against each other on their own squads. There is really only one good bet and one bad for entire 15 guy list.

The American League has some young talent, however about only half of the guys on this list will even break camp with their parent big clubs,and others will be blocked for various reasons -including against each other on their own squads. There is really only one good bet and one bad for entire 15 guy list.

Hunter Stokes (BBBA Featured Writer) 

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1st off the Twins have the top 3 players listed for the category in Buxton, Ho-Park and Berrios.

All Minnesota youngsters could make the squad, although Buxton is posting just a .567 OPS  in Spring Training –  after only putting up a .576 OPS in his 129 AB for 2015. He will be given the starting job to either make it or not, after the trade of Aaron Hicks.  Don’t like the favorite status for most of these categories, this will ring true one more time.

Ho-Park has looked solid at the dish so far with a 3 Slash of .283/.306/.543 – with 3 HRs and 13 RBI in his 46 AB, and at 29 years of age – coming over from the KBO, he has years of experience next to his classmates.

Jose Abreu and Ichiro Suzuki both came over as later in life rookies to the Junior Circuit and took the honors  Ho-Park was a beast in Korea – blasting over 50+ HRs in each of the last 2 years there for his club team Nexen.

While you have to temper expectations coming overseas to North America from there, what I love is that the guy improved his numbers in each of the last 5 years.  This bodes well for him in Minny.

With a 4 year deal in his back pocket, Park will and should remain on the big roster based on his early success.

I am not sure he will win the Award, and I am not placing any cabbage on him too, but at least he won’t be subjected to service time restrictions like other rookies.

His blistering bat has been one of the best all around in the Majors for anyone. An OPS of 1.377 and 9 Extra Base Hits in 45 AB is a great way to assert yourself into the lineup everyday. Naquin should be given a great opportunity all year long if he can be true to his 777 career Minor League OPS from 2012- 2015. With Brantley being a LF, this should give this guy free reign to stay in the everyday lineup. The fact he walks only helps his cause. At and odd of +2006 it might be worth a few dollars.

His blistering bat has been one of the best all around in the Majors for anyone. An OPS of 1.377 and 9 Extra Base Hits in 45 AB is a great way to assert yourself into the lineup everyday. Naquin should be given a great opportunity all year long if he can be true to his .777 career Minor League OPS from 2012 – 2015. With Brantley being a LF, this should give this guy free reign to stay in the everyday lineup. The fact he walks only helps his cause. At an odd of +2006 it might be worth a few dollars.

Speaking of 1st year players breaking camp with the club…..Thanks to Abraham Almonte being given the gate for the 1st 81 games (coupled with a lingering Michael Brantley injury)  of the year, Tyler Naquin has reeled himself a start to the CF position in 2016.

Fellow Astros 1st year guys Reed and White are looking to make the Astros lineup to begin the season.  Both players are absolutely mashing the baseball, and will give the club some tough decisions to make.

Houston already has a Full Time Designated hitter with Evan Gattis – but he is recovering from sports hernia – and will not break camp with the Stros. More chances for the 2 youngsters to put their mark on the squad to begin the campaign.

White can also play some 3B, which may see him grab some AB away from Luis Valbuena – while he only hit for a .581 OPS vs LHP- as opposed to a clip of .808 versus RHP.

For this reason alone, I may take White at a bigger odd on the board. Reed is more of a 1B than anything.  The team is trying to trade Jon Singleton as well.

The mere fact that both guys should be in the lineup on Opening Day makes it a cluster of worry for any wagering at all. I will pass on earmarking either for a best bet here.

Joey Gallo was all set to start the year for Texas as the backup LF before they club inked longtime SS Ian Desmond to man the position  For this reason he was sent to the Minors for the immediate time.

With injuries plaguing Josh Hamilton, the club should use Gallo on the taxi squad, yet it still is not a worth while bet.

The same can be said for Nomar Mazara.  These guys need to tear it up in the Minors and bide their time. Texas sure has a lot of trade chips to acquire talent if they included one of these two gentlemen in a trade later this year (Jurickson Profar too).

There is no way the Rays bring up Blake Snell until at least June based on service time.  If the Rays struggle like I think they will, he may not receive the call at all. Another poor bet.

On the worst idea ever is to bet on Hyun-Soo Kim – whose MLB career is already ten seconds from toe-tag with the Orioles.

In the end,I would not place any dough on any of these players.. Talk about the ultimate crapshoot…

Odds To Win The American League

Byron Buxton, (OF) MIN: +315

Byung Ho-Park, (1B/DH) MIN: +340

Jose Berrios, (SP) MIN: +731

A.J. Reed, (1B/DH):  HOU: +757

Joey Gallo, (3B/LF) TEX: +951

Blake Snell, (SP) TB: +1252

Tyler White, (1B/3B/DH) HOU: +1252

Nomar Mazara, (OF) TEX:  +1503

Sean Manaea, (SP) OAK: +1957

Tyler Naquin (CF) CLE: +2006 (Good Bet)

Hyun-Soo Kim (OF):  BAL: +2508 (The Orioles are in a 4th and 40 situation here if I can borrow a prudent Football analogy.)

Aaron Judge, (OF/DH: NYY: +2508

Tim Anderson, (SS/DH) CWS: +3313

Max Kepler (PH/RF) MIN: +3313

Odds courtesy of betdsi.eu

Take a Look at Kim. Make it a long one here, as it may be the only post we ever do on this guy ever again.Hyun Soo-Kim has no extrra base hits, and has only seen 71 pitches in his 46 Spring Traning Plate Appereances.

Take a Look at Kim. Make it a long one here, as it may be the only post we ever do on this guy ever again.Hyun Soo-Kim has no extra base hits, and has only seen 71 pitches in his 46 Spring Training Plate Appearances. His 1 walk is brutal.  Baltimore is talking about eating his 2 Years and $7 MIL salary even before he sees one pitch in the regular season. Kim has to agree to any Minor League Assignment, or he can high tail it back to the KBO with all of his cash if not given a spot on the Major League Roster.

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About hunterstokes21

I Played NCAA Baseball at Liberty University in the 90's with Sid Bream's kid Sheldon. Once Hit a Home Run by hitting a hot air balloon that was coming over 2nd base (It was agreed that if a balloon was hit before game by the umpires and coaches - even though they were setting up in LF/CF Bleachers). I believe in the "Church Of Baseball". Come in for worship anytime.

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