This year features a new fast-paced version of the Home Run Derby.
On Monday, we'll see some significant changes in the format, including seven outs per round instead of the previous 10. Also, there will be a new bracket orientation where players will be seeded after the first round of action.
Needless to say, along with these format changes will come adjusted scoring as well.
Remember Josh Hamilton's insane 28 jacks in the first round back in 2008? With a limited number of outs, we may not see that kind of production this time around.
So, taking everything into consideration, let's go ahead and predict the totals for each of this year's participants.
|AL Hitter||Team||2014 Home Run Tally|
|Jose Bautista||Toronto Blue Jays||17|
|Yoenis Cespedes||Oakland Athletics||14|
|Adam Jones||Baltimore Orioles||16|
|Brian Dozier||Minnesota Twins||16|
|Josh Donaldson||Oakland Athletics||20|
|NL Hitter||Team||2014 Home Run Tally|
|Troy Tulowitzki||Colorado Rockies||20|
|Yasiel Puig||Los Angeles Dodgers||12|
|Giancarlo Stanton||Miami Marlins||21|
|Todd Frazier||Cincinnati Reds||17|
|Justin Morneau||Colorado Rockies||13|
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions
*Predicted totals if each participant competed in each round.
In this predicted derby, Donaldson comes away as the big winner. That really shouldn't be all too surprising after the year he's had at the plate.
Even though the Oakland Athletics third baseman is only averaging a distance of 397.05 feet on his 19 home runs this year, he's been extremely consistent due to a nice repetitive swing—an asset that will see him go far in this year's competition.
ESPN Stats & Info noted Donaldson's surge this year compared to last:
Josh Donaldson (OAK): hit his 20th HR of the season today. @BringerOfRain20 did not hit his 20th HR last season until September 4— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 10, 2014
Here's a look at the swing that will be doing some damage on Monday:
Stanton has been a home run machine this season, and that helps him to earn a runner-up finish.
His 21 jacks are good enough for fourth in the league, but what makes them even more impressive is the distance he can generate. His average length of 423.76 feet is longer than anyone in the league with more than two home runs.
In fact, Stanton is doing things entire teams have been unable to accomplish, according to ESPN Stats & Info:
Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has 5 HR calculated at 450 feet or further this season. That’s more than any other TEAM in MLB— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2014
The only reason he comes in second in this scenario is due to the fact he hasn't sent one out of the park since June 26.
Still, he'll be incredibly fun to watch.
Bautista has some nice experience in the Home Run Derby, having participated twice before. He didn't fare all too well back in 2011; however, he earned a trip to the final in 2012. This year he goes deep into the competition once again.
His 17 home runs this year have averaged 404.59 feet, with five being really deep blasts. Bautista's power has been on display many times this year, and his most recent jack shows what he's capable of:
Expect Bautista to demonstrate exactly why he was this year's leading vote-getter by going deep numerous times on Monday.