Who are Most Valuable Rookies in Diamondbacks History?

Who are Most Valuable Rookies in Diamondbacks History?
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Few MLB rookies have had the type of impact Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll has had during the 2023 season.

Carroll has posted 3.7 WAR through 76 games, lifting his team in the eyes of Arizona sports betting. It has also propelled the D’backs to the top of the National League West, standing 2.5 games ahead of San Francisco.

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As Carroll continues his rookie season, BetArizona took a look back at the most valuable rookies in Diamondbacks history. We utilized data and resources from Baseball-Reference.com to track all rookie seasons in franchise history and see which players have produced a WAR of 2.0 or higher.

MLB consider players who have not yet accumulated 130 at-bats, or 50 innings pitched in a previous season rookies.

Arizona sportsbook apps list Carroll as the clear National League Rookie of the Year favorite at -450, although Cincinnati sensation Elly De La Cruz is making up ground at +450.

Diamondbacks Most Valuable Rookies

Year Player Position WAR Key Stats
2003Brandon WebbSP5.9180.2 IP, 10-9, 2.84 ERA, 165 ERA+
2023Corbin Carroll*OF3.776 G, .290/.369/.558, 16 HR, 41 RBI, 23 SB, 151 OPS+
2014Ender InciarteOF3.3118 G, .278/.318/.359, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 19 SB, 89 OPS+
2013AJ PollackOF3.1137 G, .269/.322/.409, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 100 OPS+
2007Micah OwensSP2.9152.2 IP, 8-8, 4.30 ERA, 111 ERA+
2022Jake McCarthySP2.499 G, .283/.342/.427, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 23 SB, 118 OPS+
2003Oscar VillarrealRP2.198 IP, 10-7, 2.57 ERA, 182 ERA+
2011Josh CollmenterSP2.0154.1 IP, 10-10, 3.38 ERA, 117 ERA+
* — Carroll stats through June 25, 2023

Where Carroll Ranks Among D’backs Rookies

Carroll has a definite shot at knocking off former starting pitcher Brandon Webb as Arizona’s No. 1 rookie in terms of WAR production, standing 2.2 wins behind Webb’s 5.9 in 2003.

Carroll currently leads other Arizona franchise cornerstones, such as outfielders Ender Inciarte (3.3 WAR in 2014) and AJ Pollack (3.1 WAR in 2013) when it comes to D’backs rookie WAR.

Assuming the 22-year-old corner outfielder continues accumulating WAR the way he has through 76 games this year (averaging 0.05 WAR per game), Carroll would finish the 2023 MLB season with a year-end total of 7.8 WAR — which would be the highest total for a Rookie of the Year winner in either league since Mike Trout’s 10.5 WAR total in 2012.

Needless to say, such WAR production would also propel Carroll to the top spot among Arizona rookies — meaning you might want to use Arizona sports betting promo codes now to lock in his ROY odds.

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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