Why the Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder Will Win the 2012 Home Run Derby

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Why the Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder Will Win the 2012 Home Run Derby
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Prince Fielder was born to hit home runs.

The Home Run Derby was made for guys like Fielder, and even though he enters the 2012 competition with the second-fewest first half home runs among the eight participants, Fielder will win this year's contest.

Fielder is hitting .299 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI in his first season with the Tigers but started the season considerably slower than expected. He suffered through a mediocre April, but his average began to perk up in May.

Now the power numbers are starting to come, too.

Fielder has hit five home runs in his last 18 games and has three in the last four games. Being in the American League for the first time, Fielder is looking as comfortable as ever in the batter's box.

He is even more comfortable in a competition where the goal is to hit the cover off the ball.

He hits most of his home runs into the spacious right field seats of Comerica Park. He will have no problem hitting the ball over the 330-feet fences in right field at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.

Here are five reasons Fielder will win the 2012 Home Run Derby.

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