Odds To Win The American League Rookie Of The Year
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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.
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
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Posted on March 29, 2016, in Gambling 101 and tagged A.J.Reed, Aaron Judge, Abraham Almonte, american league rookie of the year 2016, betdsi.eu, Blake Snell, Byron Buxton, Byung Ho-Park, evan gattis, houston astros, Hyun-Soo Kim, ian desmond, ichiro suzuki, Joey Gallo, jon singleton, jose abreu, Jose Berrios, josh hamilton, Jurickson Profar, KBO, luis valbuena, Max Kepler, Michael Brantley, Minnesota Twins, Nomar Mazara, Sean Manaea, texas rangers, Tim Anderson, Tyler Naquin, Tyler White. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.