2024 MLB Rookie of the Year Odds: Langford, Yamamoto Lead the Way

Finally, the 2024 MLB season has arrived. As always, the beginning of the season brings a lot of promise for each club, especially those debuting top prospects in the major leagues. Now, bettors can take advantage of early MLB Rookie of the Year odds.

Our best sports betting apps will have odds for each of the top rookies in the game to win ROY. Some players will start the season in the big leagues, while others, such as 2022 No. 1 overall pick Jackson Holliday, will have to wait until later to make their debut.

Here are the 2024 MLB Rookie of the Year odds for both the AL and NL.

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2024 AL Rookie of the Year Odds

AL Rookie of the Year Favorites

Wyatt Langford ()

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft will be on the Opening Day roster for the World Series champion Texas Rangers after a tremendous spring in which Wyatt Langford hit six home runs and had a 1.161 OPS in 63 PAs.

Cracking the Opening-Day lineup for the defending world champions tells how much this team loves his bat. He will likely start as the Rangers’ DH before working his way into one of the corner outfield spots.

Langford hits for power, is very patient at the plate, and has average-to-above-average speed and defensive ability. If he continues to hit the ball the way he has at Florida, in the Minors, and during spring training, Langford should easily walk away with the AL ROY, especially playing for the World Series champions.

Evan Carter ()

Yes, the Rangers have potentially two of the best rookies in baseball in their lineup this season. Unlike Langford, Evan Carter will start the year with some experience, as he played the final 23 regular season games with Texas and was one of the top performers in the lineup during the Rangers’ World Series run.

The 21-year-old outfielder maintains his rookie status and will look to build on his big 2023 season, during which he hit five home runs and slashed .306/.413/.645 with a 190 wRC+ and a 1.3 fWAR.

Jackson Holliday ()

Orioles fans were bummed to hear that Holliday will start the season in the Minors. However, he still has the third-best odds to win AL ROY, based on his incredible spring. Eventually, he will get the call-up to Baltimore this season, but for now, the team wants him to work on his effectiveness against left-handed pitching.

While his strikeout numbers are a bit concerning, Holliday slashed .311/.354/.600 with a 148 wRC+ this spring. It is only a matter of time until Holliday makes his debut this season. The question is, will he be ready to snag the AL Rookie of the Year playing in fewer games than some of the other top names on the oddsboard?

AL Rookie of the Year Longshot

Kyle Manzardo ()

The Cleveland Guardians always seem to be well-represented in postseason award races. This season, they again have another class of impressive rookies on the Opening-Day roster. However, one of their top prospects will start the season in AAA-Columbus.

Cleveland acquired Kyle Manzardo from the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline last season. This season, he will most likely split time between first base and DH in the big leagues, bringing a lot of power with him.

Manzardo slashed .381/.458/.476 with a 159 wRC+ this spring. Cleveland has long lacked power in its lineup, which could make Manzardo stand out once he gets the call. With a 50/1 opening price, Manzardo is well worth an AL Rookie of the Year future, especially if you are hunting for value.

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2024 NL Rookie of the Year Odds

NL Rookie of the Year Favorites

Yoshinobu Yamamoto ()

Luckily, an early start time meant fewer people saw Yoshinobu Yamamoto‘s MLB debut in South Korea. In his first career start, Yamamoto pitched one inning and allowed five earned runs against the San Diego Padres.

His Rookie of the Year odds started around +180 before his disastrous first start. Yamamoto earned a $325 million contract for a reason, however, as his elite command gives him the chance to be one of the top pitchers in the game.

Still, he has a lot of work to do, and he should get better as he gets more innings under his belt.

Jackson Chourio ()

The Brewers have been searching for another impact bat and may have just that with Jackson Chourio. His Rookie of the Year odds shortened as he made the Opening-Day roster, and he now has the second-best odds of winning the NL ROY.

After an impressive spring, Chourio will start the season as a corner outfielder, switching between right and left before settling into his permanent role. Not only can he make an immediate impact with his glove, but Chourio also projects as a solid power hitter who can steal bases.

The NL Central will be a war all season, and Chourio could be the difference for Milwaukee as they look to repeat as division champions.

Jung Hoo Lee ()

The San Francisco Giants have a new leadoff hitter in Jung Hoo Lee. The Korean outfielder signed a six-year, $113 million deal with the Giants and will fill a big hole in the lineup. He has a well-balanced approach at the plate, and during the spring, he showcased his power with a max exit velocity of 109.7 MPH.

Hoo Lee still needs to prove he can consistently hit the ball that hard against major league arms. However, he has the power, bat speed, and defensive ability to become one of the top outfielders in the league.

NL Rookie of the Year Longshot

Jackson Merrill ()

The talent is undoubtedly there for Jackson Merrill to be a top-performing rookie this season. 

Merrill started both games during the Seoul Series, recording two hits and two runs in eight plate appearances. The Padres do have a big opening in the outfield after trading Juan Soto to the Yankees in the offseason. This should open the door for Merrill to be San Diego’s primary center fielder, barring a massive rookie slump, in which case the Padres have plenty of depth to play with. 

The talent is certainly there for Merrill to have a big season. If San Diego can get a hot start, Merrill’s current NL ROY price is well worth considering. 

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MLB Rookie of the Year Odds History: Previous Winners 

Baseball has a long regular season, meaning that the MLB Rookie of the Year odds leaders may look a lot different as we get deeper into the year. Keep this in mind when making an MLB futures wager. Now is the time to hunt for some value on oddsboards.

Below, we have included the previous 10 AL & NL Rookie of the Year winners.

YearAL Rookie of the YearNL Rookie of the Year
2023Gunnar HendersonCorbin Carroll
2022Julio RodriguezMichael Harris II
2021Randy ArozarenaJonathan India
2020Kyle LewisDevin Williams
2019Yordan AlvarezPete Alonso
2018Shohei OhtaniRonald Acuna Jr.
2017Aaron JudgeCody Bellinger
2016Michael FulmerCorey Seager
2015Carlos CorreaKris Bryant
2014Jose AbreuJacob deGrom

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DJ Corrigan

DJ Corrigan

DJ Corrigan is a sports betting writer for Gaming Today and has been covering the world of wagering since his days at Ohio State University. Corrigan's love of betting the Over and chasing the hungry dogs has led him to a career crunching numbers with an emphasis on NCAAF, NCAAB, NFL, and MLB betting.

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