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There are eight hitters in the Home Run Derby, with four advancing to the second round.
Here, I will pick the four hitters I see advancing to the second round:
Cutch, is by far the smallest guy in the Home Run Derby. Don't mistake his size for weakness. After his two-homer game yesterday, he raised his home run total to 18 on the season. He is on a tear right now and is in the midst of his best season as a pro.
He is leading the majors in Batting average as well, and is a major contender for NL MVP. He has good pop in his bat for his size and I feel will put on a show in the first round.
My first round prediction—13 Home Runs
Trumbo is leading the Los Angeles Angels in home runs and is tied for sixth in the AL. He has huge pop in his bat and when he hits it deep, it's pretty deep.
He has a ton of potential and is well on pace to surpass his home run total from the season before. In his 6 games at Kauffman Stadium, he has one home run. I don't see that as an issue though.
My first round prediction—10 Home Runs
He has the power and he's won this event before. He surprisingly has the least home runs out of all the hitters in the derby. That won't be a factor though; right field is calling his name.
He is a beast with a powerful and quick bat. The balls were flying out of right field during the Futures Game the other day. Imagine what Fielder will do.
My first round prediction—9 Home Runs
Cano is the defending champion of the Home Run Derby. His smooth swing put on a show last year as he edged out Adrian Gonzalez for the home run crown. He had a bit of an advantage last time around and looks for it to pay off again this time. He had is dad pitch to him.
Jose Cano will once again be Cano's personal pitcher. I think that will bode well for him this time around as well. He has been tearing the cover off the ball lately and looks to keep his hot bat going.
My first round prediction—8 Home Runs