Royals Get a Rare Appearance in MLB's Home Run Derby

Janie Parker
July 11, 2017

Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton will be the top seed in the Home Run Derby on Monday night at his home ballpark in Miami. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is the second seed going against Bour.

Eight of the game's biggest home-run hitters will compete in the bracket-style Home Run Derby tonight at Marlins Park in Miami.

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, June 30, 2017, .

Should Judge advance, he would face either No. 3 seed Cody Bellinger (+500) of the Dodgers or No. 6 Charlie Blackmon (+2000) of the Rockies in the semifinals.

Stanton, who before Judge arrived had already established a reputation for smashing majestic, tape-measure drives beyond outfield walls, has 21 roundtrippers this season and had already announced his participation.

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"At 6'7", 282 pounds, Judge is an absolute beast that has the power to make home runs look as effortless as Stanton does. He's played in 26 major league stadiums over seven seasons, but has never taken the field in Miami.

Marlins teammate Marcell Ozuna was voted in as a starter and will be joined by Stanton on the National League roster. Gary Sanchez, the Yankees' catcher, is one of the participants although his selection has been criticized. Judge will face Miami's Justin Bour (+1400) in the first round of this event.

Moustakas doesn't grab the headlines, but he's put together 25 home runs, good for a tie with the Astros' George Springer for second in the majors. Not only does he lead the league with 30 home runs, but he has the four fastest exit velocity recordings on the year (and the fastest all-time in the Statcast era) and the longest home run at 495 feet. He also has five of the six hardest-hit home runs, in terms of exit velocity, ranging from 121.1 miles per hour to 118.6. Bellinger is third in the NL in home runs right now with 25 through 70 games.

No. 4 Mike Moustakas Royals vs.

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