The legendary Jackie Robinson was the first-ever National League “NL” Rookie of the Year in 1947. The Hall of Famer hit .297 with 12 homers and 48 RBI that season.
Decades later, it’s yet another Dodger that is favored to win the award in 2020. There is still some uncertainty as to how and when the 2020 MLB season will continue, but bettors can still capitalize on the odds available in the futures markets.
Gavin Lux is in the perfect position to win this season’s NL Rookie of the Year award. The Dodgers second baseman will be thrust into the lineup on Day 1 and be penciled in at No. 2 in the batting order.
That means Lux, who hit .347 and had 26 homers last year in Double-A and Triple-A ball, will have plenty of opportunities to load the box score. He will hit behind Mookie Betts and ahead of Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and the reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger.
The Dodgers have won seven straight NL West Division titles and are the favorite to win it again in 2020. That’s why Lux stands as the +175 favorite to win this year’s NL ROTY.
When making MLB picks, whether game picks or futures bets, we tend to look for value. That’s why pitcher Dustin May warrants some serious consideration for at least a small wager.
The Dodgers have three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw and another Cy Young contender in Walker Buehler. They also added David Price to the rotation in the deal that brought Betts to Los Angeles.
After that, the Dodgers pitching rotation is unsettled. That’s where May could work his way into the lineup. He appeared 14 times last season, started four games, and finished with an ERA of 3.63. May is 6-foot-6-inches and has a heater in the 97-98 mph range, but it’s his sinker that will make him a household name.
Because he’s pitching for a World Series contender, May is strong value pick at +950.
Not Another Pitcher
While May some value at +950 because he’s a Dodger, Pittsburgh rookie Mitch Keller…not so much at +800. The last five NL Rookies of the Year have been everyday players with big-time stats. Last year’s winner Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, hit 53 home runs and had 120 RBIs. The last pitcher to win the award was Jacob deGrom, who was last year’s NL Cy Young winner. Of the last 20 NL Rookies of the Year, only five have been pitchers.
Other Value Picks
Other MLB baseball picks for the NL Rookie of the Year that have some value include Washington 3B Carter Kieboom (+850) and St. Louis outfielder Dylan Carlson (+850).
Kieboom will replace Anthony Rendon at third for the Nationals. He had a cup of coffee in the bigs last season playing 11 games between April 26 and May 6. He homered on his first big-league at-bat, but he struggled overall batting just .128 while striking out in 16 of his 43 plate appearances.
Still, Kieboom hit .303 with the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in Fresno. The Nationals should be a contender for a playoff spot once again and Kieboom could play a huge role.
Carlson is another intriguing prospect that, if he gets enough playing time, will have the numbers to compete. The 21-year-old played Double-A and Triple-A last season hitting 26 total homers, batting .292, and recording 20 stolen bases. He was the Texas League Player of the Year and played in the MLB Futures Game.
With a blend of speed and power, Carlson is a star in the making. St. Louis is poised to repeat as NL Central champs, which would give Carson and edge in the race for the NL’s Rookie of the Year.