What a standout rookie year Corbin Carroll has had for the Diamondbacks!

How Special Has Corbin Carroll’s Rookie Year Been For Diamondbacks?
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Corbin Carroll, an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has had a significant impact as a rookie in the 2023 MLB season right from the beginning.

The surprising D’backs have seen the 22-year-old outfielder emerge as a standout player, boasting a 2.0 WAR in 53 games. He holds a batting average of .290 and has hit nine home runs, driven in 22 runs, and successfully stolen 16 bases out of 18 attempts.

The Seattle-born player has shown to be a worthwhile asset for the team, with his performance justifying the $111 million investment made prior to the 2023 season. His accomplishments have also reignited enthusiasm for the Diamondbacks at Arizona sports betting platforms.

Yengols.com scrutinized Carroll’s rapid start by evaluating his current WAR and contrasting it with that of other rookies who have joined the league since 2012.

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Top Rookie Position Player WAR for Each Year

Year Player WAR
2023Corbin Carroll, Arizona6.1*
2023Josh Jung, Texas6.1*
2022Julio Rodriguez, Seattle6.2
2021Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay3.9
2020Sean Murphy, Oakland1.1
2019Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego4.2
2018Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta3.9
2017Aaron Judge, NY Yankees8.0
2016Trevor Story, Colorado4.3
2015Carlos Correa, Houston4.8
2014Jose Abreu, Chi. White Sox3.6
2013Yasiel Puig, L.A. Dodgers4.7
2012Mike Trout, L.A. Angels10.5
* — Both players have a 2.0 WAR through games of May 31, which projects to 6.1 for the season.

Carroll’s ranking among recent top rookies.

BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona has identified Carroll as the top choice to win the National League Rookie of the Year award with odds of +130, while Outman from the Los Angeles Dodgers is the next closest competitor at +500.

Carroll is projected to finish the year with a WAR total of 6.11, which would rank him fifth among MLB rookies since 2010, behind players such as Mike Trout (10.5 WAR in 2012), Aaron Judge (8.0 WAR in 2017), Jason Heyward (6.4 WAR in 2010), and Julio Rodriguez (6.2 WAR in 2022).

Trout and Judge are two of the leading candidates for American League Most Valuable Player according to Arizona sports betting apps.

Currently, Carroll and Texas Rangers infielder Josh Jung are tied for first place in the MLB rookie WAR leaderboard. They are leading ahead of other standout first-year players such as Zach Neto of the L.A. Angels (1.4 WAR), Ryan Noda of the Oakland A’s (1.3 WAR), Francisco Alvarez of the New York Mets (1.1 WAR), and Anthony Volpe of the New York Yankees (1.0 WAR).

FanGraphs.com ranks Carroll as the second-best prospect in the Majors, just behind Baltimore Orioles infielder Gunnar Henderson. He is projected to exceed former D’backs pitcher Brandon Webb as the franchise’s top rookie by WAR.

Webb finished his inaugural season in the Valley in 2003 with a 6.1 WAR, kicking off a series of standout seasons as a right-handed pitcher. His success reached its peak in 2006 when he won the NL Cy Young Award.

There is doubt about whether Carroll will be able to replicate Webb’s performance, but Diamondbacks fans are already seeing the rookie’s immense potential and can make predictions about his future success in Arizona with promotions from the sportsbook.

It should be noted that no player from the D’backs has ever received the NL Rookie of the Year award. Webb was a finalist for the award, but ultimately lost to Dontrelle Willis, a pitcher for the Florida Marlins at the time.

Carroll appears ready to surpass expectations as he has shown impressive performance for Arizona in the first 53 games of the 2023 season.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for outlets such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News, now holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com.

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