NL Rookie of the Year Candidates

by Kevin Wandu

The MLB Opening Day begins on Thursday. The American League has strong candidates for the American Rookie of the Year Award. The National League doesn’t have as strong of a Rookie of the Year Award field, but we will see as time goes on during the 2022 MLB regular season.

The mlb lines for the 2022 National League Rookie of the Year are out. Who will step up for their respective teams this season and who has the best odds to win this?


Oneil Cruz and Keibert Ruiz +400

Oneil Cruz and Kelbert Ruiz both have the best odds to win the National League Rookie of the Year. Oneil Cruz is a shortstop on the Pittsburgh Pirates. A lot of Pittsburgh fans and media members are upset of the fact that he was optioned to Triple-A the Indianapolis Indians for the start of the 2022 regular season due to service time reasons.

The Pirates are going through a rebuild right now and they need young players that are going to make an immediate impact on their roster. He played for two teams in the minor leagues last year in the Altoona Curve in Double-A and the Indianapolis Indians in Triple-A.

Cruz appeared in 68 games last season in the minor leagues. His batting average was .310 with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs, along with 19 stolen bases. He was caught stealing three times.

Oneil Cruz also had a .375 OBP, a .594 SLG, and a .969 OPS.


Keibert Ruiz is a catcher for the Washington Nationals. He did have some at-bats in the majors last season, but not enough to qualify as a full-time player, and is still a rookie. Ruiz was acquired in a trade that sent shortstop Trea Turner and starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Keibert Ruiz played in 72 combined games last season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Rochester Red Wings in Triple-A. His batting average was .310 with 21 home runs and 59 RBIs, along with zero stolen bases. Ruiz was also caught stealing zero times because he usually doesn’t attempt to steal bases.

His OBP was .377, his SLG was .616, and his OPS was .993.


Bryson Stott +800 

Bryson Stott made it to the Philadelphia Phillies opening day roster. He is a shortstop and second baseman and will look to make noise right away for this franchise. Outfielder Bryce Harper at the end of last season mentioned how they needed some homegrown talent. Well, here you go man.

Stott has a chance to be solid in his rookie season. He is good with the bat and with his glove. Bryson Stott played for three different teams in the minor leagues last season. They were the JerseyShore Blueclaws in High-A, the Reading Fightin Phils in Double-A, and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in Triple-A.

In 112 total minor league games last season, his batting average was .299 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs, along with 10 stolen bases. He was caught stealing four times. Bryson Stott’s OBP was .390, Stott’s SLG was .486, and Stott’s OPS was .876.


Hunter Greene and Sixto Sanchez +900

Hunter Greene and Sixto Sanchez both have the fourth-best odds to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Greene has had a very long road to get to the major leagues for the Cincinnati Reds. He had to go through many obstacles to get here because he has been injured a lot throughout the development process in the minor leagues.

Hunter Greene pitched for two different teams last season in the minor leagues with the Chattanooga Lookouts in Double-A and the Louisville Bats in Triple-A. In 21 games pitched last season, his record was 10-8 with a 3.30 ERA. In 106.1 innings pitched, Greene gave up 86 hits and 44 runs. He only walked 39 batters and struck out 139 of them, along with a 1.18 WHIP.

Sixto Sanchez is in the Miami Marlins farm system. He will start the year in Triple-A with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and hasn’t pitched since 2019 (8-6, 2.76 ERA, 114 IP, and 103 K).


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