The Home Run Derby participants are set and the field is LOADED! After the event took a hiatus during the 2020 season, the derby is back and will join the All-Star Game at Coors Field in Colorado. Due to the elevation of Coors Field, Routine can confirm that baseballs will be sent into orbit so be sure to tune in July 12th, when the event is scheduled to take place!
Let’s take a look at who has committed to participating in this year's Home Run Derby! (Stats are current to the time of this article being written)
Shohei Ohtani: 32 Home Runs
Angels two-way superstar leads the Majors in home runs so far this season as he continues an unbelievable MVP campaign. Ohtani was the first player to commit to hitting moonshots during this year’s Derby, just like he did back in 2016 when he hit a baseball out of a baseball dome.
We believe Ohtani will win the Home Run Derby this year and add to the amazing story he’s been putting together during the 2021 season. Not to mention, after he wins on Monday, he would start pitching on Tuesday with Salvador Perez catching!
Salvador Perez: 20 Home Runs
Catchers don’t usually sign up to take hacks during the Home Run Derby but this year is an exception for Salvador Perez! Salvy should have somewhere between 24 and 26 home runs this season according to Baseball Savant so hopefully, all that work he put in last year in his Safe At Home merch will pay off on Monday and he can bring home a title to Kansas City!
Pete Alonso: 15 Home Runs
Reigning Champ Pete Alonso will make an appearance and try to go back-to-back for the first time since 2013/14 when Yoenis Cespedes achieved that feat. Pete has one of the hardest recorded hits in baseball this year with a 119 MPH exit velocity which is tied with Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge.
Trevor Story: 16 Home Runs
There have only been three players to win a Home Run Derby while hitting in their home stadium. Trevor Story hopes to become number four this year. Since 2016, Trevor Story has hit 88 home runs at Coors Field and only four other players have hit more home runs at their home stadium. We believe Trevor will be runner up to Ohtani at this year’s Home Run Derby but we would not be surprised if he won the trophy!
Trey Mancini: 15 Home Runs
Trey Mancini has been a bright spot for the Orioles in a season where the team, as a whole, has been struggling. A year after beating cancer, Mancini has thrived in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup and became the quickest in franchise history to 100 home runs. Now he gets to show off his power on the main stage at this year’sDerby.
Matt Olson: 21 Home Runs
There is no doubt that Matt Olson will be one of the favorites to win the 2021 Home Run Derby title given how far and how hard he can hit a baseball. In 2014 he managed 37 home runs in just 138 games while playing Single A baseball. He’s hit 20 home runs in every season (outside of 2020’s shortened COVID season) meaning we can expect big things at Coors Field.
Juan Soto: 11 Home Runs
22-year-old superstar, Juan Soto, will once again be in the spotlight as he gets to show off his unreal power. In Juan’s second season as a professional, he managed to hit 34 home runs! Soto is known for his keen eye at the plate, where he has more walks than strikeouts, but that won’t stop him from trying to hit as many home runs as possible. Although we don’t think he will win the title, we expect him to be entertaining, like he always is.
Joey Gallo: 23 Home Runs
The left handed Joey Gallo is known for two things: striking out and hitting bombs. For him, it seems like there is no in-between. Gallo has hit one of the farthest home runs of the season at 462 feet and with the Derby taking place in Colorado, we wouldn’t be shocked if he hit multiple home runs over 500 feet. Gallo is a sleeper in this year’s Home Run Derby and we believe if he can get hot, he can easily win the title.
Be sure to tune into ESPN Monday at 8 P.M. EST to watch a historic Home Run Derby take place. Who knows, we might see a pitcher win for the first time ever!