Who are the Rookie of the Year Award favorites?

In MLB.com’s second Rookie of the Year Award poll in 2022, we have a new leader in a tight American League race, while the National League favorite is way ahead of the rest of the field.

Once again, voters were asked to rank their top five rookie-of-the-year nominees in each league based on what’s happened so far and what they expect to happen in the coming months. Rookies received voting points on a scale of 5-4-3-2-1—five points for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote, and so on, with 48 voters participating. Here are the results.

1. Julio Rodríguez, Mariners (21 first place votes)
DraftKing’s Rookie of the Year odds: 1.15-1
Rodríguez actually finished second in the first-place vote count, but he garnered enough vote points elsewhere to put himself a slight lead over Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña, who topped the first MLB.com ROY poll of the season. After a slow start, the Mariners outfielder has slashed a .289/.351/.497 in 42 games since early May with eight homers, 22 RBIs and eight steals. Overall, he leads the majors with 17 stolen bases and went into play on Wednesday with 120 OPS+.

2. Jeremy Peña, Astros (23 first place votes)
DraftKings odds: 2.1-1
Carlos Correa’s backup at the Houston shortstop ranks in the AL’s top 10 in baseball reference wins over backups at 2.9 because he made notable impact with the bat, on the bases, and on the field. However, the 24-year-old slowed at the plate in June (0.744 OPS) after posting a .871 OPS in May and he recently went on the injured list with left thumb complaints, opening the door for Rodríguez to extend his lead.

3. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (2 first place votes)
DraftKings odds: 8-1
Witt’s season tracked closely with Rodríguez’s – both players ranked in the top three on the MLB Pipeline’s preseason list of Top 100 Prospects (Witt first and Rodríguez third) and made their debuts on opening day before playing in the April had problems. Like Rodríguez, Witt has started since early May and has hit .260/.308/.519 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and six stolen bases in 41 games.

4. Joe Ryan, Twins (2 votes in first place)
DraftKings odds: 17-1
Only a bout of COVID-19 could slow Ryan down this season. The right-hander had a 2.28 ERA in his first eight starts before moving to the IL on May 25. He finally made his return against the Mariners on Tuesday and looked sharp early on, but faded in the middle innings and didn’t make it past the fifth as his ERA rose more than a half a heat to 2.81.

5. Jake Burger, White Sox
DraftKings odds: 30-1
Burger had two home runs and .628 OPS in 21 games when the White Sox sent him to Triple-A on May 9, but everything he’s done since he was called back on May 24 has been hit. In his last 17 games, the 26-year-old has hit six homers, 16 RBIs and a .311/.373/.689 slash.

Others receiving votes: Adleyrutschman, Steven Kwan, MJ Melendez, Reid Detmers, Brock Burke, Alex Faedo, George Kirby, Oscar Gonzalez, Vinnie Pasquantino, Jhoan Duran

1. MacKenzie Gore, Padres (39 votes in first place)
DraftKings odds: 1.7-1
Gore had his worst start to the season on Saturday, allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies, but his first-place vote share still rose to 81.3% after scoring 49% in the first Rookie of the Year poll would have. The left-hander had a 1.50 ERA in nine starts before Saturday’s hiccup, and on Wednesday his four-sailer was the most valuable singles finish in the majors this season with a run rating of +13.

2. Brendan Donovan, Cardinals (1 first voice)
DraftKings Odds: N / A
The Cardinals have received significant contributions from a number of freshmen this season, none more impressive than Donovan. The 25-year-old has played at least seven games in five positions (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RF) and owns a .448 on-base percentage and .913 OPS, both tops among rookies with at least 50 PAs.

3. Spencer Strider, Braves
DraftKings odds: 15-1
After dominating as a member of the Braves’ bullpen with 100 mph heat and a nasty slider, Strider recently switched to a starting role and continues to shine while steadily building his pitch count. The mustachioed righty racked up 11 K’s over 5 2/3 innings with one-hit, two-run ball and throwing a career-high 106 pitches to help the Braves win their 14th straight game Wednesday against the Nationals. Over the year, Strider has a 2.45 ERA with 13.9 K/9 in 44 innings and keeps batters at a .161 average — the third lowest among MLB pitchers to face at least 150 batters in 2022.

4th (tie) Nolan Gorman, Cardinals (1 vote in first place); Seiya Suzuki, Cubs (1 first voice)
DraftKings odds for Gorman: 4-1
DraftKing’s odds on Suzuki: 7-1
Gorman, the Cardinals’ second rookie to crack the NL top five, has caught a cold spell lately, but he made a strong first impression with voters with 1,133 OPS in his first 11 games and garnered enough support to turn around securing a fourth place Suzuki. The Cubs outfielder was April’s NL Rookie of the Month, but he hit .183 with zero homers and 30 Ks in his last 91 plate appearances before a sprained left ring finger put him on the injured list, where he remains while dealing with persistent swelling deals.

Others receiving votes: Hunter Greene (2 first place votes), Christopher Morel (1 first place vote), Luis González (1 first place vote), Juan Yepez (1 first place vote), Alek Thomas, Michael Harris II , Jack Suwinski, Oneil Cruz, Bryson Stott, Graham Ashcraft (1 first voice), Andre Pallante, Roansy Contreras, Alexis Díaz

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