If you look at the NL Rookie of the Year odds you won’t find one player from the Atlanta Braves, but that doesn’t mean they won’t contribute.
The Atlanta Braves, coming off a World Series, have a ton of veteran talent around the field. They won’t need to rely on a ton of rookies this season.
Most oddsmakers have Seiya Suzuki of the Cubs, Hunter Greene of the Reds, Oneil Cruz of the Pirates, and Bryson Stott of the Phillies as the favorites to win NL Rookie of the Year.
There are a lot of great candidates in the AL, but the NL seems more wide open.
Because of the veteran group for the Braves, their rookies may not get enough time to justify winning the NL award, but these rookies will still have a major impact.
Braves Rookies Who Will Make an Impact in 2022
Spencer Strider was a surprise addition to the Opening Day roster. He’ll likely be limited to a bullpen role early on. But once sent back to Triple-A where he’ll continue to get stretched out as a starter, it would not be surprising if when he’s called back up later in the year it’s to join the rotation.
It’s still hard to see him getting more than 50 innings with the Braves this year.
Tucker Davidson appears to be the sixth starter for the Braves to begin the season. We’ll see how long Brian Snitker decides to keep it at six, but Davidson figures to make 5-10 starts for Atlanta this year.
Kyle Muller is still a rookie and is likely to get some spot starts throughout the season.
Drew Waters was off to a good start in Spring Training before a hamstring injury sidelined him. If he can make significant strides at Triple-A this year, he could have a huge impact if the Braves end up needing him in centerfield.
This might be a little bit of wishful thinking, but Waters becoming the player a lot thought he could be might would be huge for the Braves this year.
And finally, Bryce Elder, who had two great starts in Spring Training, looks like he might get a chance in the rotation at some point this year. He’s not on the 40-man roster or he might have had more of a shot out of Spring Training.
It would not be surprising if he made 5-10 starts this year.
While the Atlanta Braves might not have an NL Rookie of the Year candidate, they should still get big contributions from several rookies. Who do you think has the biggest impact this season?