2017 College Baseball Home Run Derby: Date, Time, TV Schedule and Participants

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2017

LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 09: Tristan Pompey of the Kentucky Wildcats bats against the Louisville Cardinals during the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Baseball Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium on June 9, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The 2017 college baseball season is over, but some of the nation's top sluggers aren't finished belting home runs quite yet.

Six players will compete in the 2017 College Home Run Derby, which will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. And after celebrating a national championship by the Florida Gators, the SEC is looking for a clean sweep of titles.

Chandler Taylor (Alabama), Tristan Pompey (Kentucky) and Julian Infante (Vanderbilt) are each members of SEC programs. Logan Davidson (Clemson) and Griffin Conine (Duke) hail from the ACC, while Niko Hulsizer (Morehead State University) represents the Ohio Valley.

The derby is a three-round event in which contestants have four minutes to record as many home runs as possible. When time has expired, a two-run bonus ball is thrown. Two players are eliminated after both Rounds 1 and 2 before the champion is crowned.

      

College Home Run Derby Details

When: Saturday, July 1

Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN

         

Players to Watch

Niko Hulsizer, Morehead State

After totaling five home runs in 2016, Niko Hulsizer made a habit out of clearing the wall this season.

The sophomore ranked second nationally with 27 home runs, trailing only Iowa junior Jake Adams (29). Hulsizer even surprised himself while accomplishing the feat.

"I'm not trying to hit home runs," the outfielder said after smashing his 24th big fly of 2017, per Wayne Cavadi of NCAA.com.

"I've never been a guy who hits home runs like this," Hulsizer added. "But I just try to hit the ball as hard as I can, whether it's on the ground or in the air. I've just been hitting them in the air and they've been going over the fence."

An OVC Co-Player of the Year, Hulsizer will try to harness that unexpected power one final time in the 2017 campaign and turn it into a Home Run Derby victory.

         

Tristan Pompey, Kentucky

One thing is certain: Though the absence will be brief, the Wareham Gatemen are going to miss Tristan Pompey.

Kentucky's switch-hitting slugger smacked a pair of three-run homers in his Cape League debut. It was a terrific start following a great sophomore year with the Wildcats.

The brother of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton, Tristan improved his home run total from seven as a freshman to 10 in 2017. He added 18 doubles and 45 RBI with a .541 slugging percentage. Baseball America considered Pompey a third-team All-American.

Kentucky's year ended in the super regionals, but Pompey can still give the program a chance to celebrate some success in Omaha.

        

Chandler Taylor, Alabama

Despite being a sophomore, Chandler Taylor was eligible for the 2017 MLB draft because he's already 21 years old. The Minnesota Twins grabbed the outfielder in the 27th round.

And that was worthy of celebration.

The home run derby might not be Taylor's college finale, though we're hoping for some bat flips regardless.

"He's just a sophomore, so he has some leverage," his father, Billy, told A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser. "He won't have a problem at all coming back to school."

Taylor, who sent nine pitchers over the fence as a freshman in 2016, led the Crimson Tide in the category with his 16 blasts this year. The left-handed power hitter added 11 extra-base hits en route to a slugging percentage of .601.


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