Home Run Derby 2013: Complete Preview for MLB's All-Star Event

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Home Run Derby 2013: Complete Preview for MLB's All-Star Event

The participants for the 2013 Home Run Derby were announced on Monday, and you can expect plenty of fireworks at Citi Field in New York this year.

Robinson Cano and David Wright, the captains for the American League and National League, respectively, have made their selections for the showcase.

The American League has won three straight derbies and five in the past six years. Will the NL break the slump in 2013? 

*All stats via ESPN.com


Where: Citi Field, New York, N.Y.

When: Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

National League

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies: .304/.369/.619, 24 HR, 63 RBI, 22 doubles (86 games)

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals: .281/.382/.551, 13 HR, 29 RBI, 7 doubles (52 games)

David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: .306/.394/.519, 13 HR, 43 RBI, 19 doubles (85 games)

Michael Cuddyer, OF, Colorado Rockies: .337/.392/.583, 15 HR, 52 RBI, 18 doubles (69 games)

 

American League

Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles: .317/.393/.705, 33 HR, 85 RBI, 26 doubles (88 games)

Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees: .293/.374/.526, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 17 doubles (88 games)

Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: .264/.360/.457, 15 HR, 66 RBI, 21 doubles (87 games)

After a day-long delay, the fourth member of the AL squad was announced, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Yoenis Cespedes, LF, Oakland Athletics: .223/.287/.430, 15 HR, 42 RBI, 11 doubles (75 games) 

 

Top Contenders

Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis is having an absolutely ridiculous season. The sixth-year pro leads baseball in home runs, slugging percentage and extra-base hits and has already matched his 2012 totals in home runs and RBI. The 27-year-old should be considered the favorite to win the derby this year.

 

Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper may have 13 home runs this season, but he's done it in just 178 at-bats. If the 20-year-old had enough at-bats to qualify, he would rank sixth in the NL in slugging percentage (.551) and fifth in OPS (.933). The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star is a dark horse this year.

 

Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees

Robinson Cano ranks fourth in the AL in WAR (4.3), seventh in home runs (20) and OPS (.897) and eighth in RBI (58) and slugging percentage (.524). He and AL Home Run Derby teammate Prince Fielder are the only participants in this year's contest to have previously won the derby. Cano won the title in 2011.


Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies

Carlos Gonzalez ranks third in home runs, second in extra-base hits, third in slugging percentage and ninth in RBI this season. The two-time All-Star and 2010 National League batting champion is one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. And for those of you who think he hits so many home runs because he plays at Coors Field, know that he's hit more dingers on the road (13) than at home (11) this season.

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