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MLB Rookie of the Year: Winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

All you need to know about MLB's Rookie of the Year Award, including past winners, when the award is announced, and more.

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American League Rookie of the Year odds

Wyatt Langford +250

Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford - who will team up with fellow Rookie of the Year candidate Evan Carter in the outfield at Globe Life Field - left the University of Florida last spring and made it from rookie ball all the way to AAA. In 64 games for Florida in 2023, Langford posted a .373 batting average, a .498 on-base percentage, 21 home runs, 57 RBI, nine stolen bases, and 56 walks to 44 strikeouts. In 44 games across four levels of Minor League Baseball, Langford posted a .360 batting average, a .480 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, 30 RBI, 58 hits, and 36 walks to 34 strikeouts.

Langford's odds shortened over the course of Spring Training as he posted a .375 batting average and a .492 on-base percentage with six home runs, 20 RBI, 21 hits, and a 15-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 19 exhibition games.

Evan Carter +300

Evan Carter, a 21-year-old leftfielder for the Texas Rangers, showed the world what he can do as he hit .300 with a .417 on-base percentage and 18 hits, six RBI, one home run, 10 walks, three stolen bases, and 18 runs as he helped his team win the World Series. Carter maintained his rookie eligibility after only playing 23 games during the 2023 regular season. Before the playoffs, he batted .306 with a .413 on-base percentage, five home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 walks to 24 strikeouts.

Jackson Holliday +450

Baseball's top prospect according to MLB's rankings, Holliday is expected to join a young, rapidly rising Baltimore Orioles big league team this season. Holliday, a middle infielder, was drafted first-overall out of high school in 2022 and across four levels of Minor League Baseball in 2023, he posted a .396 batting average, a .522 on-base percentage, 12 home runs, 75 RBI, 24 stolen bases, 154 hits, 113 runs, and 118 strikeouts to 101 walks in 125 games.

About a week before the start of the 2024 MLB season, the Orioles announced that Holliday will start the season in the minor leagues, making his odds slightly longer than they were before Spring Training. His performance in the spring only strengthened his case as a potential Rookie of the Year: he batted .311 with a .954 on-base plus slugging percentage, as well as posting 14 hits, three doubles, two triples, and two home runs with six RBI and two stolen bases in 48 plate appearances over 15 exhibition games.

Junior Caminero +1200

The latest in a long line of top Tampa Bay Rays prospects, third-baseman and shortstop Junior Caminero is fourth on MLB's prospect rankings for 2024. The 20-year-old had eight hits and two walks in 36 plate appearances across seven MLB games late last season, and in the Minor Leagues, he batted .324 with a .384 on-base percentage and 31 home runs with 94 RBI in 117 games.

Nolan Schanuel +1200

Los Angeles Angels first-baseman Nolan Schanuel was called up to the big leagues just 40 days after he was drafted, giving him the quickest promotion to MLB since Ariel Prieto in 1995. Ranked 95th on MLB's 2024 prospect rankings, the 22-year-old batted .275 with a .402 on-base percentage and 20 walks to 19 strikeouts in 29 MLB games.

National League Rookie of the Year odds

Yoshinobu Yamamoto +200

After seven highly-decorated professional seasons in Japan, 25-year-old pitching phenom Yoshinobu Yamamoto signed a 12-year, $325 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers before even throwing a pitch in MLB. Yamamoto posted crazy numbers in seven seasons in Japan: a 75-30 record in 188 games, 986 strikeouts to 216 walks, 36 home runs allowed, 14 complete games, 8 shutouts, and 1.72 ERA. If he can get close to those numbers in the States, he'll be a big contender for both the NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards.

The beginning of Yamamoto's rookie campaign lasted just one inning, as he allowed four hits and five runs in the first inning of his first MLB start. The game ended in a 15-11 Dodgers defeat to the San Diego Padres in the season-opening MLB Seoul Series, which was played in Seoul, South Korea.

Jackson Chourio +650

Before facing a pitch in MLB, 19-year-old Milwaukee Brewers outfield prospect Jackson Chourio signed an eight-year, $82 million contract with the club. In 128 games in AA and AAA last season, Chourio posted a .283 batting average, a .338 on-base percentage, 22 home runs, 91 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 104 strikeouts to 43 walks. In the Venezuelan Winter League, he batted .379, posted a .453 on-base percentage, had 25 hits and 15 runs, and eight walks to eight strikeouts. He turns 20 just before the 2024 regular season begins.

Jung Hoo Lee +650

San Francisco Giants outfielder Jung Hoo Lee is another player coming from abroad who signed a nine-figure contract before playing a game in MLB, and he posted stellar numbers in seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. For his KBO career, Lee posted a .340 batting average, a .407 on-base percentage, 65 home runs, 515 RBI, 69 stolen bases, 1,181 hits, 244 doubles, and 383 walks to 304 strikeouts.

Shota Imanaga +1100

A less-heralded arrival from Japan than compatriot Yamamoto, 30-year-old lefty Shota Imanaga still did well for himself by signing a four-year, $53 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Last season in Japan, Imanaga went 7-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 24 games and 159 innings, posting 188 strikeouts to 24 walks and allowing 1.019 walks and hits per inning pitched.

Jackson Merrill +1600

Jackson Merrill, a 20-year-old centerfielder for the San Diego Padres, turned some heads when he was pencilled in as the ninth hitter in the Padres' starting lineup on opening day in Seoul, South Korea against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played great baseball in Spring Training to earn his spot in the Big Leagues with a .351 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, 13 hits, three doubles, two home runs, six RBI, two stolen bases, and a 3-3 strikeout-walk ratio over 13 exhibition games.

In his first two Major League appearances, he had two hits in eight at-bats including a double. He does not turn 21 until mid-April and after great performances in the spring, he should feel confident two games into his rookie campaign.

MLB Rookie of the Year past winners

YearAmerican League winnerNational League winner
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
2013Wil MyersJose Fernandez
2012Mike TroutBryce Harper
2011Jeremy HellicksonCraig Kimbrel
2010Naftali FelizBuster Posey
2009Andrew BaileyChris Coghlan
2008Evan LongoriaGeovany Soto
2007Dustin PedroiaRyan Braun
2006Justin VerlanderHanley Ramirez
2005Houston StreetRyan howard
2004Bobby CrosbyJason Bay
2003Angel BerroaDontrelle Willis
2002Eric HinskeJason Jennings
2001Ichiro SuzukiAlbert Pujols
2000Kazuhiro SasakiRafael Furcal
1999Carlos BeltranScott Williamson
1998Ben GrieveKerry Wood
1997Nomar GarciaparraScott Rolen
1996Derek JeterTodd Hollandsworth
1995Marty CordovaHideo Nomo
1994Bob HamelinRaul Mondesi
1993Tim SalmonMike Piazza
1992Pat ListachEric Karros
1991Chuck KnoblauchJeff Bagwell
1990Sandy Alomar Jr.David Justice
1989Gregg OlsonJerome Walton
1988Walt WeissChris Sabo
1987Mark McGqireBenito Santiago
1986Jose CansecoTodd Worrell
1985Ozzie GuillenVince Coleman
1984Alvin DavisDwight Gooden
1983Ron KittleDarryl Strawberry
1982Cal Ripken Jr.Steve Sax
1981Dave RighettiFernando Valenzuela
1980Joe CharboneauSteve Howe
1979Alfredo GriffinBob Horner
1978Lou WhitakerAndre Dawson
1977Eddie MurrayPat Zachry
1976Mark FidrychButch Metzger
1975Fred LynnJohn Montefusco
1974Mike HargroveBake McBride
1973Al BumbryGary Matthews
1972Carlton FiskJon Matlack
1971Chris ChamblissEarl Williams
1970Thurman MunsonCarl Morton
1969Lou PiniellaTed Sizemore
1968Stan BahnsenJohnny Bench
1967Rod CarewTom Seaver
1966Tommie AgeeTommy Helms
1965Curt BlefaryJim Lefebvre
1964Tony OlivaDick Allen
1963Gary PetersPete Rose
1962Tom TreshKen Hubbs
1961Don SchwallBilly Williams
1960Ron HansenFrank Howard
1959Bob AllisonWillie McCovey
1958Albie PearsonOrlando Cepeda
1957Tony KubekJack Sanford
1956Luis AparicioFrank Robinson
1955Herb ScoreBill Virdon
1954Bob GrimWally Moon
1953Harvey KuennJim Gilliam
1952Harry ByrdJoe Black
1951Gil McDougaldWillie Mays
1950Walt DropooSam Jethroe
1949Roy SieversDon Newcombe
1948Alvin Dark*Alvin Dark*
1947Jackie Robinson*Jackie Robinson*

* = one award for both leagues

When are MLB Rookie of the Year Awards announced?

The AL and NL Rookie of the Year Awards are announced around two weeks after the World Series concludes as part of MLB's awards season. In 2023, the winners were announced on Monday, Nov. 13.

Who votes on the MLB Rookie of the Year?

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) votes on the winners of the Rookie of the Year Award. Two writers from every MLB city get to vote, and votes must be submitted before the postseason begins. Voters get a first-, second-, and third-place vote, and are worth five, three, and one point respectively. The player with the most points, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.

MLB Rookie of the Year trophy

The MLB Rookie of the Year trophy is called the Jackie Robinson Award, named after the first-ever Rookie of the Year winner. The award is a plaque featuring an image of Jackie Robinson successfully stealing home plate.

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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