Jose Abreu among favorites for AL Rookie of the Year

Jose Abreu among favorites for AL Rookie of the Year
June 17, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Jose Abreu's great start has him among the top contenders for American League rookie of the year, according to oddsmakers.

The White Sox first baseman has a 3/1 chance of taking home the award per Bovada. Abreu has a .265/.320/.603 slash line with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs in 242 plate appearances this season.

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is a 2/5 favorite to win the AL ROY.

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Houston outfielder George Springer has a 7/1 chance of winning and Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts is at 8/1.

Abreu, who one scout said is the best pure hitter from Cuba, established major league rookie records for most home runs and RBIs before May 1. He was named the AL's rookie and player of the month for April.

The White Sox signed Abreu to a franchise-record $68 million contract last offseason hopeful he could help rejuvenate a struggling offense. Even though the White Sox have struggled recently the team is still averaging 4.34 runs per game, up from 3.69 last season.

Ozzie Guillen is the last White Sox player to win the AL ROY in 1985.