Yasiel Puig making noise in NL Rookie of the Year odds

Lisa Blumenfeld

Hitting .500/.515/.938 does wonders for one's profile. Puig joins teammate Hyun-jin Ryu as strong contenders for the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year award.

Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers, even though he has played just eight of 63 games so far, is making waves in the National League Rookie of the Year award. The folks at Bovada give Puig the second best odds to capture the award, at 3/2.

Shelby Miller of the Cardinals is 7-3 with a 1.91 ERA, his ERA second only to Clayton Kershaw in the National League. Miller is the favorite at 1/1. Hyun-jin Ryu, who has emerged as a reliable force in the Dodgers rotation at 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA and a 3.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio, is third at 5/1 odds to win the award.

Playing in so few games wouldn't be unprecedented in Rookie of the Year voting. The greatest example was Willie McCovey, who played only 52 games in 1959 but overwhelmed his competition by hitting .354/.429/.656 with 13 home runs.

Puig is off to a tremendous start, hitting .500/.515/.938 with four home runs in eight games.

Barring a tiebreaker playoff, the most games Puig could play in 2013 is 107. But there have been other non-McCovey winners with a similar number of games played:

If Puig continues to produce, he will definitely be in the mix for the National League award, even in a small amount of games.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Evan Gattis, who is hitting 263/.326/.603 with 14 home runs in 50 games and has won the NL Rookie of the Month in each of the first two months of the season, isn't even listed by Bovada, meaning his odds are worse than teammate Julio Teheran's 25/1 odds.

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