In Major League Baseball each season, a first-year player is selected from either division as the MLB Rookie of the Year.
The award is prestigious and a once in a lifetime opportunity to win as you can only win this award once in your entire baseball career.
While the award isn’t as well known in sports betting as the NFL or NBA Rookie of the Year awards, it is still a great option for those who want to try to predict the top performing rookie each season.
Since there are technically two rookies selected each season, one from the National League and one from the American League, it is a little easier to narrow down.
Once the top drafted college players and top international players are drafted into the MLB, their clock is ticking to prove themselves.
The MLB Rookie of the Year award was first introduced in the 1947 season, and was a single award for one player in the entire league. That was soon split into two awards in 1949 due to the magnitude and size of the league.
The award is named after the first recipient, the legendary Jackie Robinson.
The National League outshines the American League when it comes to players who have won the Rookie of the Year award and gone on to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ten National League ROY recipients have been inducted, opposed to the seven American League recipients for a total of 17 Rookie of the Year award winners also making it to the HOF.
The Dodgers have the most Rookie of the Year award recipients – a staggering 18 over the years, doubling the next best, the Yankees, with nine. The award has only been shared once in the National League, in 1976, by Butch Metzger and Pat Zachry.
The MLB Rookie of the Year award is decided by the Baseball Writers Association of America – much like all other major MLB awards.
Past National League Rookie of the Year Award Winners
- 2021 Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds, Position: 2B
- 2020 Devin Williams, Milwaukee Brewers, Position: P
- 2019 Pete Alonso, New York Mets, Position: 1B
- 2018 Ronald Acuna Jr, Atlanta Braves, Position OF
- 2017 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers, Position1B
- 2016 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers, Position SS
- 2015 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs, Position 3B
- 2014 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets, Position P
- 2013 Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins, Position P
- 2012 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals, Position OF
- 2011 Carig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves, Position P
If you’re planning to bet on the winner of the MLB National League Rookie of the Year award, you are in the right place – we can tell you all you need to know before you place your wager.
First you will want to have a good understanding of what will set the rookies apart, and what will make or break a player’s chances of winning the award will be.
You also want to understand how futures odds work, and how to place a futures wager. It’s quite simple! Once you understand how the odds work and how to place your MLB Rookie of the Year wager, you are ready to sit back and watch the games all season long, until the winner is announced.
The MLB Rookie of the Year award can only be won once in a player’s entire career. This means that you have a much more narrow pool of candidates than other awards markets.
You are looking specifically at first year players, and specifically, first year players who actually have a starting position or is in the starting line up.
Many rookies don’t get full playing time so you will want to make sure you are betting on a player who will definitely be on the field as much as possible.