The month of June saw Julio Rodriguez make his case for American League Rookie of the Year. Due to some injuries and inconsistent play, Julio Rodriguez was able to standout on his own for the month and jump to the top of most American League Rookie of the Year betting odds.
The Month of June for Julio Rodriguez
In the month of June, Julio Rodriguez hit .279/.356/.519 while hitting 6 home runs and stealing 5 bases with no caught stealings. His ability to blend power and speed makes him one of the most dangerous hitters in the sport.
The Other Top Contender
While June was a very kind month for Julio Rodriguez, it was mean towards Jeremy Pena. The Astros young, standout shortstop had his month limited to only 10 games due to a thumb injury. In those 10 games, he slashed .255/.321/.373 with 1 home run. While Pena’s offensive numbers declined, he continued his excellent work in the field. Unfortunately, Pena’s month came to an end with another injury, this time colliding with outfielder Yordan Alverez.
The Former Top Prospects
The month of June was the best month for Bobby Witt Jr. as he continues to look more comfortable in the majors. His 5 long balls nearly matched his total from the previous two months combined and he raised his average from .227 to .243.
Meanwhile, June also saw the first full month for Adley Rutschman. In the first half of the month, Rutschman slashed .205/.262/.385; however, after he settled in he finished the month on a tear hitting .275/.326/.575 with 2 home runs and 8 doubles.
The Last Pitcher Standing
Joining the talented group of hitters is the American League Rookie of the Year race is the Twins’ Joe Ryan. The young Twins hurler started the season on fire before falling a bit back down to earth with two rougher games against Colorado and Cleveland.
Despite a couple of somewhat shaky performances, Ryan’s ERA still sits at just 3.20 and his pitching has helped to lead the Twins to the best record in the AL Central.
While these five represent the players with the best odds, there is still enough season left for someone else to get their name back in the mix. Unfortunately, Tigers first baseman Specer Torkleson has struggled but Steven Kwan bounced back from a difficult May to put together a very nice June.
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