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Home Run Derby 2012: Will Prince Fielder's Performance Translate to 2nd Half?

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 09:  American League All-Star Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers poses with sons Jaden (L) and Haven (R) after winning the State Farm Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium on July 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2012

Prince Fielder hit 28 home runs to win the 2012 Home Run Derby.

It's more home runs than he's hit all year.

Fielder has only 15 home runs at the break. It's the lowest amount of his career at this point in the season.

When Fielder won the derby in 2007, he had 29 home runs at the break. He hit 21 the rest of the way to finish with 50.

Last season, Fielder had 22 homers before the All-Star Break and finished the season with 38.

Fielder hit a lot of home runs at the Derby. Will that translate to the second half of the season?

While he's a long shot to reach 50 again, he could hit 30. Last season's 16-home-run second half would put him at 31.

Still, Fielder's 2007 performance shows that he can translate a good derby performance into a great second half. 

His teammate Miguel Cabrera thinks he's going to have a great second half (via Detroit Free Press). "I think he's gonna hit 20 home runs," Cabrera said.

Fielder started off slow, but he has been back to his more normal self recently. He's hit three home runs since July 5.

Fielder is a second-half player. He consistently puts up big power numbers. This year should be no different.

Now that he's coming off his spectacular derby performance and is more adjusted to his new surroundings in Detroit, he should put up big numbers.

It was his second Derby win. This year, he hit the four longest homers, including two at a remarkable distance of 476 feet.

If anything, his performance at the Home Run Derby shows that he's still capable of going on a run in the second half and putting up huge numbers. He won't approach 50, but 35 isn't out of the question.

Fielder might have the most natural power of anyone in the game. His home-run swing is now finely tuned.

Look for Fielder to have a huge second half for the Detroit Tigers. I predict that he will hit at least 20 home runs and lead the Tigers to the playoffs.

Sometimes a big Home Run Derby performance can tire a player out. Not Fielder. He's done it before and has the power to make it happen. He is primed for a monster second half. 

Get ready, baseball.

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