The sport of baseball might not be for everyone, but the same cannot be said for the long ball. Everyone digs the home run. Anyone who says otherwise is just kidding themselves. Which is why Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby is such an exhilarating event. Fans get to sit back and watch the titans of the sport go toe-to-toe in a battle of deep ball supremacy. And we expect nothing less from this year’s event.
The 2018 Home Run Derby field isn’t as experienced as years past. In fact, only one member of the eight-slugger tournament has competed in the event before. However, if the Vegas odds are any indication, this might actually be a good thing. For, as you’ll soon see, at this year’s Home Run Derby, it’s anyone’s ballgame.
Jesus Aguilar (+500)
After winning the online fan vote (along with the Seattle’s Jean Segura) and being named to his first career All-Star team, Jesus Aguilar looks to keep the good times rolling at the Home Run Derby. At present, the Milwaukee Brewers first baseman/pinch hitter is batting .307 and leads the National League in home runs with 24. Let’s just say the 28-year-old is the No. 1 seed in the HR Derby for good reason.
Kyle Schwarber (+350)
Kyle Schwarber might be the No. 5 seed in this year’s Home Run Derby, but let’s not kid ourselves, the guy is hardly an underdog. The Cubs outfielder is easily among the biggest power hitters in the game today. And if the man they call “Hulk” gets a hot bat, it could be a long night for the rest of the contestants.
Bryce Harper (+225)
Unlike the other seven members in the field, Bryce Harper is the only player who’s participated in the Home Run Derby before. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go as planned the last time, as the Nationals superstar lost in the finals in 2013. Considering this year’s event is taking place in front of his home crowd at National Park, don’t be surprised if Harper shows out for the Washington faithful.
Other players to watch:
- Javier Baez (+500)
- Max Muncy (+650)
- Freddie Freeman (+750)
- Rhys Hoskins (+900)
- Alex Bregman (+100)
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
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