Home Run Derby 2012: Robinson Cano Announces AL Team Contestants

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 2, 2012

New York Yankees star Robinson Cano announced the 2012 American League Home Run Derby team on Monday on ESPN, and it's safe to say there will be plenty of power on the AL side.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweeted:

Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista will join Robinson Cano on the AL home run derby team.

— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) July 2, 2012

Bautista, Trumbo, Cano and Fielder have hit a combined 78 home runs so far this season. Bautista leads the majors with 26 home runs, Trumbo and Cano are tied for seventh in the AL with 20 home runs and Fielder has 12 homers to his name.

Obviously, in terms of home run numbers, Fielder would appear to be an underdog in the competition this year, but there's no denying the man's power. He hit 38 home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers last season and is one of the strongest hitters in the big leagues.

There's no reason why he can't win on All-Star weekend.

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 25:  Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays connects for a home run against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning at Fenway Park June 25, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Fielder, Cano and Bautista competed in the Home Run Derby last year, while Cano emerged victorious with 32 home runs through three rounds. This is Trumbo's first career Home Run Derby in a breakout campaign for the 26-year-old.

Each competitor has the potential to take home the award. I expect Bautista to have a better showing the second time around. He was knocked out of the competition after one round last year, finishing with four home runs.

Fielder made it to the second round, ending up with nine total home runs.

It's going to be interesting what Trumbo does in his first go-around this year. He certainly has been red-hot throughout the season, but he's going to be surrounded with plenty of big bats who are sure to put pressure on him.

One thing's for sure—you can expect to see a lot of towering shots in the 2012 Home Run Derby.


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