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A Look at the Leaders in 5 MLB Futures Player Prop Categories

A Look at the Leaders in 5 MLB Futures Player Prop Categories

Major League Baseball (MLB) presents bettors with thousands of games per year on which to bet as well as a range of different bets to make on particular games. Teams play 162 regular season games per year—and bettors can place either run line, moneyline, series, proposition, or over-under bets on each of those games.

Those looking long-term also have the option to place futures bets, which are wagers on outcomes that may or may not happen in a particular season. For instance, bettors can place money on a select team making the playoffs or winning the World Series. There are also futures player prop bets, which allow bettors to wager on who they think will win individual awards or lead the league in specific stat categories.

Below are the betting favorites in five player prop futures.

1. AL MVP – Mike Trout (+200)

A three-time American League (AL) MVP, Mike Trout was the consensus favorite to win the award again in 2021 with (+200) odds given by BettingPros. Alex Bregman (+1000) and Aaron Judge (+1200) ranked second and third, respectively. Trout is so heavily favored that a $100 bet on him winning the award would only net the bettor $200 if he won the award. The same wager, if successful, on Bregman would result in a $1,000 profit.

Selected 25th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, Trout won AL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and won his first AL MVP two years later. He won the award again in 2016 and 2019. Moreover, he has finished top-five in AL MVP voting in each of his first nine full seasons in the league. Through his first 16 games in 2021, Trout led the AL in home runs (6), batting average (.393), and OPS (1.311).

2. NL MVP – Mookie Betts and Juan Soto (+750)

Trout is the overwhelming MVP favorite in the AL, but the race for the National League (NL) MVP is comparatively wide open. BettingPros listed Mookie Betts and Juan Soto both at (+750) at the start of the season, while Cody Bellinger (+800), Fernando Tatis Jr. (+850), and Ronald Acuna Jr. (+850) rounded out the top five betting favorites. These five players are among the most exciting and dynamic players in MLB.

Betts made an immediate impact last season in his first year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder hit 16 home runs and recorded 39 runs batted in (RBI) to go along with a .292 batting average. He was also a key contributor in the Dodgers’ playoff run that resulted in a World Series title. Betts won the AL MVP in 2018 and finished second in NL MVP voting in 2020.

Soto, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old outfielder for the Washington Nationals who finished top-10 in NL MVP voting in each of the past two seasons. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native led the NL in batting average (.351), OPS (1.185), and intentional bases on balls (12) in 2020.

3. Most Stolen Bases – Adalberto Mondesi (-130)

BettingPros also offers betting options on the MLB leader in stolen bases. The overwhelming favorite in this category is Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (-130). Other candidates include Trea Turner (+470), Acuna Jr. (+650), Whit Merrifield (+700), and Tatis Jr. (+850). Modesi recorded 32 and 43 stolen bases in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and led the AL with 24 stolen bases in the shortened 2020 season.

4. Most Home Runs – Pete Alonso and Mike Trout (+1000)

An all-around offensive player, Trout led the AL in slugging percentage in 2015, 2017, and 2019. He has also hit at least 27 home runs in each of the past nine seasons with the exception of 2020, which was abbreviated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three-time AL MVP was given the same odds as New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso to lead MLB in home runs by DraftKings (+1000) and William Hill Sportsbook (+1200). Both players were the betting favorites on DraftKings, while William Hill listed Acuna Jr. (+1000) as the favorite and also had Joey Gallo at (+1200).

A second-round pick of the Mets in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, Alonso had a memorable rookie season in 2019. He won NL Rookie of the Year and hit a league-leading 53 home runs. He had 16 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

5. Most RBI – Juan Soto (+800)

DraftKings is among the few sportsbooks through which bettors can wager on who will lead MLB in RBIs. Listed are many of the aforementioned players including Acuna Jr. (+2800), Alonso (+2000), and Bellinger (+1000), but Soto is the consensus betting favorite at (+800).

Soto wasn’t among the top 10 leaders in this category in 2020, but was limited to only 47 of a possible 60 games. Other options include Yordan Alvarez (+2800), Matt Chapman (+5000), and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+4000).

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