Headlined by Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki, the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby promises to be an entertaining affair.
Not only are some of the game’s best sluggers participating, but there’s been an alteration to the format (to be explained) that should make this season’s Derby more exciting.
True, Mike Trout, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu and Miguel Cabrera won’t be participating for a variety of reasons, which puts a dampener on the festivities. After all, they are four of the most prolific hitters in MLB today, and their inclusion in the Home Run Derby would have made great theater. Alas, they will not be showering the outfield stands at Target Field with leather-wrapped pieces of cork.
There is still plenty of pop in the group that captains Bautista and Tulowitzki have assembled, however. So let’s take a moment to look at all of the players' odds of winning the whole thing, with projections for their home run total and where they will finish.
As a note, the odds taken from OddShark.com (via Bovada) will be listed on each player’s slide, but they won’t be presented in that order. Rather, they will be listed in the order of projected finish.
The Home Run Derby is on Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m. CST and will air on ESPN.