Six of eight contestants in this year’s Home Run Derby have been confirmed, so let’s get into those six, and who I would like to see in the final two slots.
Santana is having a pretty successful year back with the Indians thus far, and he looks to become the first Indian to ever take home the title. Santana has 18 homers in 348 plate appearances this season, which is actually on the lower end compared to some of the other names I’ll be getting into.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Guerrero is going out there this year as the youngest to ever participate in the contest, as well as trying to become the first ever Blue Jay player to be crowned champion. Vladimir has just eight homers through 203 at-bats this season.
This guy has power and has shown it in his rookie season. Through 306 at-bats, he has a whopping 28 home runs. He has hit more 400-foot homers than anybody this season with a solid 20. Keep in mind, this is before the All-Star break even has begun.
How could this guy not join the contest? 29 home runs on the season, and one of the leaders in the MVP race. Yelich looks to join Prince Fielder as the only other Brewer to win the contest.
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Slugging 20 home runs through 339 at-bats has given the young Acuna the qualifications to join this year’s derby. Ronald looks to become the first Braves player to ever take home the prize.
Bell has 22 homers through 310 at-bats. He also leads the league with five homers of more than 450 feet. Bell is an interesting candidate and looks to become the first ever Pirate to take home the derby crown.
Who I want to see in the final two slots
As a Cubs fan, I want redemption. He was the runner up after last years loss to Bryce Harper, and I want nothing more than to see him in it again. Kyle has 18 homers through 282 at-bats this year, making him more than qualified to compete in my eyes.
Don’t get me wrong, I realize this will not happen, but dang it would be cool. Gallo’s had an injury or two this season, so it’s just not in his best interest to go out there and swing for the moon over and over again, even though many would say that’s what he already does. Gallo has 20 homers through 189 at-bats this year, and I would really really like to see just how many he could jack out of the park in Cleveland.
Who I think Will Win
This could change after the final two contestants are confirmed, but right now, I have to go with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The kid has power, and from what I can see, its more raw power than anybody else out there. My only concern is whether the 20-year-old will be able to handle the pressure, but after seeing the first six, that’s my guy.