Who’s Going To Win Tonight’s Home Run Derby?
The eight All-Star Home Run Derby competitors are ready to bash.
Tonight is the night of the annual Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Held at Nationals Park in Washington, there will be nothing less than bombs all around. The event will also be a nice segue into tomorrow’s 89th MLB All-Star Game (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
This year’s hometown favorite, former National League MVP Award winner, and Washington's own Bryce Harper is set to headline the field. Accompanied by Harper, the 7 other All-Star hitters, who, at an average age of 26.39 years will make tonight’s Derby the youngest field ever. Just to give some perspective on their age, none of the eight players tonight were born when the first Home Run Derby and All-Star game was held in 1985. Although Harper is sure to bring his A-game, there’s been talk of Jesus Aguilar or Max Muncy continuing their dream seasons with a Home Run Derby title.
Below is a snapshot of all 8 players:
1. Bryce Harper (23 HR) - Nationals
Longest HR of 2018: 473 feet, May 4 vs. Phillies
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 115.1 mph, May 13 at D-backs
The 25-year-old hometown favorite has an average home run distance of 415.6 feet, which leads the eight participants. He also has the longest home run of the season at 473 feet. Harper is responsible for eight of the 13 hardest-hit Nationals homers in history, all of them registering 112.1 mph or more.
2. Max Muncy (22 HR) - Dodgers
Longest HR of 2018: 450 feet, June 3 at Rockies
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 110.6 mph, July 3 vs. Pirates
The 27-year-old Third baseman was called up from Tripple-A on April 17 of last year and has already grabbed 22 home runs for the Dodgers in just 225 at-bats. He’s recently made changes to his swing, gaining power with his longest home run of the season at 450-feet.
3. Jesus Aguilar (24 HR) - Brewers
Longest HR of 2018: 433 feet, July 6 vs. Braves
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 108.5 mph, July 6 vs. Braves
The 28-year-old Venezuelan leads the National League with 24 home runs, and his home run rate of 7.6 percent leads the MLB. Weighing 250 pounds, Aguilar is a big guy who packs a punch with his uppercut swings. However, his average home run distance of 408.2 feet is only 42nd in the majors.
Longest HR of 2018: 439 feet, June 15 at Cardinals
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 117.1 mph, April 24 at Indians
This 25-year-old is on pace for his second straight 30-home run season with 18 home runs this year. Schwarber is responsible for three of the Cubs' four hardest-hit homers, six of their top 11 and is one of the seven players to hit a home run at least 117 mph this season.
5. Alex Bregman (20 HR) - Astros
Longest HR of 2018: 420 feet, June 8 at Rangers
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 104.7 mph, June 29 at Rays
This 24-year-old Third baseman already has 20 home runs that top his 2017 total of 19. He has become one of the best all-around hitters in the league, ranking in the top-20 in the majors with his 20 homers.
6. Freddie Freeman (16 HR) - Braves
Longest HR of 2018: 426 feet, July 1 at Cardinals
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 107.9 mph, June 6 at Padres
This 28-year-old hard hitter is used to the heat. He’s had six homers on 97 mph or faster pitches since the start of 2015, which ties him for the most in the MLB. Freeman has 16 home runs and ranks fourth in the NL in OPS.
7. Rhys Hoskins (14 HR) - Phillies
Longest HR of 2018: 431 feet, May 20 at Cardinals
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 112 mph, June 16 at Brewers
This 25-year-old Left fielder is one of the game’s up and coming power hitters. Hoskins made his debut to the league last August when he blasted 11 home runs in his first 18 games. However, he has the least amount of regular-season home run totals out of the eight players.
8. Javier Baez (19 HR) - Cubs
Longest HR of 2018: 434 feet, April 11 vs. Pirates
Hardest-hit HR of 2018: 111.3 mph, April 17 vs. Cardinals
This 25-year-old Second baseman has had a breakout season, and is tied for seventh in the National League with 19 home runs. Many are calling him the most exciting to watch in the game so it will be fun to see him take the plate tonight.
That rounds up our list of the 8 players who will be taking on the challenge during tonight’s Home Run Derby. Let us know who you’re rooting for in the comments section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Sitch for more MLB news and entertaining reads.