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Odds Are Texas Rangers' Starting Lineup Includes Two Leading Rookie Of The Year Contenders

Oddsmakers believe two Texas Rangers rookies are leading candidates to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.

There's a very good chance the Texas Rangers could have a leading candidate contending in the American League Rookie of the Year award race.

In fact, oddsmakers expect two Rangers rookies to challenge for the Jackie Robinson Award.

Evan Carter, who joined the club for the final three weeks of the 2023 regular season and helped lead them to their first World Series championship, is the favorite to win the award, according to the BetMGM sportsbook as of March 7.

His teammate, Wyatt Langford, who is vying to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster during his first professional spring training, has the third-best odds to win the award.

Langford was drafted No. 4 overall in July's MLB Draft. He quickly shot through the Rangers minor league system within two months last summer and has looked very good at the plate during the first couple of weeks of Cactus League action.

Langford turned 22 in November. Carter turns 22 in August. Both are already married. Both play the outfield.

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday, who MLB Pipeline rates the league's No. 1 prospect, has the second-best odds.

Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, who vote on the award, often give more weight to those rookies with more MLB action during a season. 

Rangers players have twice earned Rookie of the Year honors: Right-hander Neftali Feliz in 2010 and first baseman Mike Hargrove in 1974.

Top Contenders for 2024 AL Rookie of the Year:

  • Evan Carter, Rangers +275
  • Jackson Holliday, Orioles +300
  • Wyatt Langford, Rangers +500
  • Colt Keith, Tigers +1000
  • Junior Caminero, Rays +1000
  • Nolan Schanuel, Angels +1000
  • Parker Meadows, Tigers +1200
  • Heston Kjerstad, Orioles +2000
  • Brooks Lee, Twins +2500
  • Kyle Manzardo, Guardians +2500

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