Many fans on White Sox Twitter wanted to see Andrew Vaughn or Jake Burger pinch hit in the moment.
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As we detailed in our breakdown of the NL Rookie of the Year race, it's never too late to make a surprise run at the award - even for those called up after the first two months of the MLB season.It's a bit tougher of an ask in the AL, where Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez and Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena have posted strong numbers to start their big-league careers. Still, never say never. Yordan Alvarez won unanimously in 87 games just three years ago, and Wander Franco nearly made a run at this award in 70 contests last season.So, who else has a shot at a similar surge? Here are the current AL Rookie of the Year odds and three players who could win the award despite a late start: PLAYER ODDS Julio Rodriguez +115 Jeremy Pena +225 Bobby Witt Jr. +800 Adey Rutschman +2000 Joe Ryan +2000 Spencer Torkelson +3000 M.J. Melendez +4500 Jake Burger +5000 Reid Detmers +5000 George Kirby +5000 Steven Kwan +5000 Shane Baz +6000 Nolan Jones +6500 Triston Casas +9000 Luis Gil +10000 Sam Huff +10000 Daulton Jefferies +10000 Grayson Rodriguez +10000 Cole Winn +10000 Jose Siri +10000 Kyle Bradish +10000 Josh Winder +10000 Gabriel Moreno +10000 Jordan Balazovic +15000 D.L. Hall +15000 Josh Jung +15000 Josh Lowe +15000 Richie Palacios +15000 Nick Pratto +15000 Matt Brash +15000 Vidal Brujan +20000 Jarren Duran +20000 Riley Greene +25000 Jordan Groshans +25000 Shane Baz, Rays (+6000)Baz entered the season with the third-shortest odds to win AL Rookie of the Year and by far the shortest odds for any pitcher in the field. A lengthy rehab and tough MLB debut Saturday has dampened expectations, but this is still a stellar price on a player we've already seen dominate at the MLB level.The Rays' high-velocity righty was virtually untouchable in a short stint a year ago when he boasted a 2.03 ERA and a ridiculous 0.675 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings to close the regular season. However, he got rocked in the postseason, and subsequent elbow surgery delayed his debut in 2022, which lasted just 2 1/3 innings thanks to inconsistencies with his fastball.Still, despite some issues locating his heater Saturday, he looks like the same guy who took MLB by storm in 2021 and had oddsmakers expecting big things this season. Buy low on the Tampa Bay pitcher to string together some elite starts and make a run at this award.Gabriel Moreno, Blue Jays (+10000)Amid a busy weekend for MLB call-ups, Moreno was relatively quiet in his first two starts for the Blue Jays, hitting 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored against the Tigers. But don't sleep on Toronto's top prospect making noise over the second half of the season.Moreno will have plenty of opportunities to make an impact this year because of his elite defense and framing behind the dish, which has already drawn rave reviews from the Blue Jays' starters. However, the athletic catcher is more than just a pitch-framer. The No. 4 prospect in baseball hit .324 in 36 games at the Triple-A level entering this weekend, and his career .313 average bodes well for his chances of sticking at the big-league level.Only two catchers - Chris Coghlan (2009) and Buster Posey (2010) - have won Rookie of the Year in the last 25 years, so it's not as though Moreno has an easy path to winning here. But he's got a real shot at long odds if he can pair elite defense with the hitting production he had in the minors.Riley Greene, Tigers (+25000)This might be the best value on the entire board, as the Tigers' top prospect and No. 2 prospect in all of baseball - and best prospect yet to be called up, per MLB.com - has been raking in Triple-A after a stellar start to spring training. And his call-up to the big leagues feels imminent.Greene hit better than .400 with two home runs and two triples in spring training before an injury derailed his chance at a spot on the Opening Day roster. He's bounced back in a big way in the minors, hitting .296 through 14 games entering this week.The 21-year-old Greene seems likely to join the next wave of AL prospects to make their MLB debuts in June. And with four months left for one of baseball's best young bats to do his thing, his long-shot price is a ridiculous bargain.C Jackson Cowart is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on Twitter (@CJacksonCowart) or email him at [email protected] © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
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Jake Burger also left the game after being hit in the hand with a pitch, but x-rays were negative.