2012 Home Run Derby Contestants: Players Who Will Shine on Big Stage

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJuly 8, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 6:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle against the San Francisco Giants during the game on July 6, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Who doesn't love to watch people hit a baseball over the fence? You go to a game to see your team win and to see home runs. 

On Monday night, at the 2012 Home Run Derby, the best home run hitters in the game will get together to see who will be crowned champion.

Here are three players who will shine on the big stage. 

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano has the perfect swing for a Home Run Derby. It's consistent, full of confidence and very smooth.

With a short porch in right field (330 feet), Cano is in the perfect situation to win back-to-back titles.

On a Yankees club full of superstars and guys who can knock the ball over the fence, Cano's best way to produce to the team is to hit for average. He could lead the Yankees in home runs if he really wanted to.

But for that to happen, his average would probably drop significantly.

We'll get another dose of just how great he can be at knocking the ball over the fence Monday night. 

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder is a former Home Run Derby champion. With the short porch in right, don't be shocked to see Fielder win another derby.

Fielder has great power, solid fundamentals and a great swing. With his ability to pull the ball consistently, expect Fielder to be in the running for another title. 

Andrew McCutchen

Giancarlo Stanton was pulled out of the Home Run Derby with an injury, leaving a spot open for Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

It couldn't happen to a guy more deserving.

McCutchen has been arguably the MVP of the entire league. Despite Pittsburgh's offense coming around after being flat-out embarrassing early in the season, McCutchen has remained consistent.

He is batting .362 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. His on-base percentage is .414, and his slugging percentage is .625. His OPS is 1.039. 

McCutchen has stolen 14 bases, he is solid defensively, and he has proven to be the leader of the Pirates.

Pirates players haven't seen much success in the Home Run Derby (two home runs total), but McCutchen will make Pittsburgh proud. He probably won't win it, but he'll put on a nice performance.


Robinson Cano does it again.