This Year's MLB Home Run Derby Should Be a Can't Miss

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Moustakas also enters the derby on a hot streak, with 12 of his 25 home runs coming since the calendar flipped to June.

The main difference for Miami's highest-paid player is that this year he'll get to join in the All-Star Game fun the following night. Over his last 165 games, Moustakas has crushed 46 home runs. Frazier was still with the Reds when he won it in Cincinnati two years ago. Now the Derby has even more of a video game feel than it has in the past.

Bellinger is slated as the number three seed of the bracket.

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers has 25 on the year and helms the third seed, with Moustakas coming in at four, facing off against division rival Miguel Sano. 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. The vast majority of his home runs have been pulled into the right-field stands. He has 21 home runs through 82 games and leads the Twins in RBI with 62.

Each player has one 45-second timeout in the first and second round.

Judge, leading Major League Baseball with 27 home runs, ended the suspense about his participation in a video released by the Yankees on Twitter in which Judge and team mate Gary Sanchez said they would take part.

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This Year's MLB Home Run Derby Should Be a Can't Miss

Last year, Stanton launched a record 61 home runs, including the 10 longest blasts, on the way to winning the Home Run Derby at San Diego's Petco Park. He put on a dominant performance and even managed to impress some of his fellow competitors.

Aaron Judge has been what I imagine it would be like if Godzilla was a baseball player.

Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, is the No. 2 seed and will square off against seventh-seeded Justin Bour of the hometown Marlins. He now leads Major League Baseball with 30 home runs, and he could add to his impressive rookie resume with a win in the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

The veteran slugger packs substantial power and might be worth taking a chance on if you think that Stanton and Judge might falter.

There's every reason to believe Judge has the goods to win, too. "This means the 6'7" Judge is a true power hitter. The home runs are not cumulative from round to round.

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