Home Run Derby 2014: Predictions for AL and NL Lineups

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Home Run Derby 2014: Predictions for AL and NL Lineups
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The MLB All-Star Game is one of the best traditions in all of sports, but the Home Run Derby the night before is an event that draws just as much attention as the battle between the National and American leagues.

Led by team captains Jose Bautista (AL) and Troy Tulowitzki (NL), each squad possesses the ability to steal the show with elite power and consistency.

Here are the full rosters for the 2014 Home Run Derby, predictions and a focus on the player most likely to steal the show.

 

Home Run Derby Roster and First-Round Predictions
American League First-Round Total National League First-Round Total
Jose Bautista * 14 Troy Tulowitzki * 12
Yoenis Cespedes 13 Todd Frazier 8
Brian Dozier 8 Yasiel Puig 13
Adam Jones 7 Giancarlo Stanton 15
Josh Donaldson 7 Justin Morneau 10

Source: MLB.com. *Denotes team captain.

 

 

2014 Home Run Derby Bracket Predictions
American League National League
Round 2 Winner Round 2 Loser Round 2 Winner Round 2 Loser
Yoenis Cespedes Brian Dozier Troy Tulowitzki Yasiel Puig
Round 3 Winner Round 3 Loser Round 3 Winner Round 3 Loser
Jose Bautista Yoenis Cespedes Troy Tulowitzki Giancarlo Stanton
Finals Winner Finals Loser
Troy Tulowitzki Jose Bautista

Predictions via Donald Wood

 

Player to Watch: Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies

Each man in the Home Run Derby is worthy of being on the main stage, but few have the unique mixture of raw power and consistency that Colorado Rockies shortstops Troy Tulowitzki possesses in the batter’s box.

Tulowitzki will support his teammates as the captain, but his competitive edge will result in him fighting just as hard to win the entire event. He will be looking to steal the show and take how the 2014 Home Run Derby crown.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight shared how Tulowitzki found his rhythm before the All-Star break:

While this is a fun event for the fans, the Rockies infielder is participating in the home run battle for the right reasons. Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation shared that Tulowitzki will be representing it on Monday night:

When asked about his ability to stay relatively healthy this season, Tulowitzki told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post about how he has felt leading into All-Star weekend:

We are a little bit more than halfway through the season, so you don't want to get carried away and jinx yourself, but so far, so good. More than anything else, it's satisfying to me that I have put in all of this work and it has not only kept me healthy, but I feel like I have been a better player than I've ever been.

The heavy-swinging Tulowitzki has played great this season for Colorado.

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Tulo has racked up an impressive .344 batting average, 21 home runs, 52 RBI and .435 on-base percentage, and has been one of the only reasons the Rockies have found any success in 2014.

Add in his incredible work ethic and his commitment to anything he does, and Tulowitzki will be a serious threat to steal the show on Monday night.

With the crowd in Minnesota electric for the event, the National League captain should be the favorite.

Do not take your eyes off Tulowitzki Monday night.

Predicted Home Run Derby Finish: 2014 Champion

 

*Stats via MLB.com.

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