Players are often given the award based on their performance as rookies rather than their potential. The best rookies are not always considered to be the best. They can have their good years and derail their careers.
They may never have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. For this reason, voters cannot make predictions about their future, and the same goes for a player’s ability to produce similar numbers. In addition, some players’ career paths may change before they reach their majors.
Diego Rossi, who won the AL Young Player of the Year, did not win the award this season. He had played in MLS for multiple seasons before he won it. This meant that some true rookies were left out, like Orlando City’s Daryl Dike and Henry Kessler of the New England Revolution. The change, however, has been successful for some players. But it has not been perfect.
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Among the true rookies, Daryl Dike, a center-back from Orlando City, was named the AL’s Rookie of the Month.
American League Rookie of the Year Odds
1) Spencer Torkelson (21/AAA) & Odds – +350
1B/3B – DETROIT TIGERS
2) Riley Greene (20/AAA) & Odds – +3000
of – Detroit Tigers
3) Bobby Witt Jr. (21/AAA) & Odds – +250
SS – Kansas City Royals
4) Julio Rodriguez (20/AA) & Odds – +4000
of – Seattle Mariners
5) Adley Rustchman (23/AAA) & Odds – +450
C- Baltimore Orioles
Adley Rustchman (Baltimore Orioles) (23/AAA)
Adelie Rushman, a catcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization is a favorite to win the award. I gave the number one spot badly because he excels in the toughest position in baseball defensively and can mash from both sides of the plate offensively.
Adley was drafted first overall in 2019 out of Oregon state university, where we played for three years as a catcher. With over 543 played appearances, he hit 285 with a 217 isop 23 homers and a 16.5 percent carry. He’s got the skillset and the makeup to become the orioles backstop for many years.
Julio Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners) (20/AA)
The 2nd to the last player on this list bringing home the silver medal is julio, Rodriguez. Rodriguez was signed by the Seattle mariners in 2018 and has done nothing but rake at every level; he is easily the top right-handed bat in all of minor league baseball at the age of 20.
Over his career of 962 played appearances, Rodriguez hit 331 with a 212 isop while maintaining sub 20k percentages. He was one of the youngest hitters in double a but didn’t miss a beat hitting 347 with 13 homers, 21 stolen bases, a 213 isop, and a 22.6 k percentage.
He’s got a special back he may never play elite defense, but we don’t see bats like this very often in leagues. Rodriguez should make his debut at the age of 21 this year where I expect nothing but success because that’s just what he does.
Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City Royals) (21/AAA)
Coming to Number 3 is royal shortstop prospect Bobby Whitt jr bobby Witt jr was absolutely bonkers in 2021. He was drafted second overall in 2019 out of high school and struggled a bit in his professional debut.
There was a lot of skepticism surrounding width after the 2019 season. But he put a lot of doubters to rest when he came in the big week of spring training in 2021 and dominated.\
He stayed incredibly hot for the 2021 season hitting 290 with a 285 isop, 33 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and a 23.2 k percentage. Following this season it was clear who was the top shortstop prospect in all of minor league baseball.
Whit possesses superstar talent, and he was a minor league player of the year in 2021. Along with Whit, the Royals have several upper-level prospects that could debut this year including MJ Melendez and nick Prado.
Riley Greene (Detroit Tigers) (20/AAA)
Riley Greene, the baseball machine was drafted fifth overall in 2019 out of high school; his career stats are impressive, to say the least. He’s been way under the average age at every stop up the ladder over 809 career plate appearances.
Greene hit 292 with a 201 isop in a 26.7 k percentage he worked to at the age of 20 this year and put up some monster numbers. Greene hit 301 with a 233 isop, 24 home runs, 16 stolen bases, and a 27.4 k percentage. He’s also a terrific athlete and will most likely hold the center field job down in Detroit for years to come.
Spencer Torkelson (DETROIT TIGERS ) (21/AAA)
Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson is a complete batman all the time, He was the best hitter in the 2020 draft. First overall selection from Arizona State University, like most 2020 draftees. He didn’t have his first taste of it.
Professional baseball through 2021 made the most of what he had, and he was a great leader. His 530 plate appearances highlighted his career in 2021; Torkelson was 267 with a 285. While maintaining the top 30 homers, A k% of 21.5, he climbed all the ways to aaa at 21-year-old at his first professional job Season, which is remarkable.
Our top pick for this year’s American League Rookie of the year is Adley Rustchman of the Baltimore Orioles.
2022 could be one of the greatest baseball seasons for rookies in history, and I know I left a handful of players off this list that will make their debut in 2022.