2017 Home Run Derby Bracket: Stanton Looking For Repeat
Eight players, one champion.
The 2017 Home Run Derby gets underway this evening, and thankfully, baseball smartened up and put it in bracket format.
Rather than the long yak fest it used to be, there’s structure. Okay, fine, it’s still a long yak fest, but there’s a bracket. Our site’s raison d’être is fulfilled.
Eight Major League players from six teams take part in tonight’s Home Run Derby. Among them is Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning champion. During the 2016 Derby, Stanton launched 61 homers in three rounds. If it matters, he was the number five seed. Mark Trumbo was the one seed, for all the good it did him.
2017 Home Run Derby Bracket
2017 Home Run Derby Contenders: Top Half
|(1) Giancarlo Stanton vs. (8) Gary Sanchez|
Stanton looks for back-to-back Derby wins, and as a guy with 26 homers, why not him? This Marlin is one of the most feared sluggers in the game. Even if Miami goes nowhere this season, Stanton is always a player to watch.
He faces Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees. Sanchez was injured earlier in the year, so his 13 homers don’t appear impressive. This was in just 57 games; he’s on pace to hit between 25 and 30. For the record, Yogi Berra and Jorge Posada have the Yankee catcher HR record at 30.
|(4) Mike Moustakas vs. (5) Miguel Sano|
Moustakas is near the top of the table this season with 25 home runs for the Royals. He is by far the team’s leader in that category, though Salvador Perez has him beat in RBI. Moustakas is on a 47-homer pace this season.
Sano has 21 dingers to his name in 2017. At just 24 years old, he is making a name for himself as one of the new faces of the Twins. He could get close to 40 homers before the year is over.
2017 Home Run Derby Contenders: Bottom Half
|(3) Cody Bellinger vs. (6) Charlie Blackmon|
Bellinger is a key offensive force on an excellent Dodgers team that can’t seem to lose. Of his 25 home runs, one came on Saturday night to tie the game late against Kansas City. He’s only 21 years old and already a force with which to reckon.
Charlie Blackmon completes this NL West showdown. Blackmon has 20 home runs for Colorado, but he’s also hitting a very respectable .319 this year. A 30/100 season by Blackmon could help the Rockies back into the playoffs.
|(2) Aaron Judge vs. (7) Justin Bour|
Giancarlo Stanton got top billing as the returning champion, but it’s Judge who leads the bigs in homers. As of the All-Star Break, Aaron Judge has hit 30. Just a few days ago, he broke Joe DiMaggio’s record of most homers by a Yankees rookie, and it’s only July. Aside from the 2017 Home Run Derby, Judge is an American League MVP contender.
Justin Bour of the Marlins is Stanton’s teammate, and he has 20 home runs this season. Two of them were this week as he raised his batting average to .289.