2012 Home Run Derby Predictions: Prince Fielder and Likeliest Winners

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

DETROIT, MI - JULY 07: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a first inning two run home run scoring Austin Jackson #14 during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on July 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Home Run Derby will be one of the most exciting events of the summer, and the list of participants is full of power hitters ready to put on a great show for the fans.

These types of competitions are tough to predict, because to win, you have to be patient, perfect your swing and not allow yourself to get tired too quickly.

Let's look at the players with the best chance to win the 2012 Home Run Derby.


Prince Fielder

The Detroit Tigers first baseman has a swing that's perfect for the Home Run Derby. Fielder's bat speed and raw power make him a threat to hit a home run on nearly every pitch.

He has struggled this season for the Tigers after receiving an enormous long-term contract, but this is an event that Fielder will be quite comfortable at.

Fielder's talent and experience at previous Home Run Derby competitions (he won in 2009) will help him be a top contender this year in Kansas City.


Carlos Beltran

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder has done a wonderful job replacing Albert Pujols' production in the team's lineup, and he will be a top contender at the Home Run Derby. He has the smooth swing and stamina to make a deep run in the competition.

Beltran has never competed in a Home Run Derby, but he has all the skills needed to win the event.


Jose Bautista

The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder was one of the biggest disappointments at the 2011 Home Run Derby, but his amazing ability to hit for power to all areas of the field will make him a favorite at this year's event.

Bautista had 54 home runs in 2010, 43 last year and already has 27 home runs going into Sunday. He will figure out what he did wrong at last year's Home Run Derby and dominate in Kansas City.