The 2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby is almost set. Captains Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki both selected three players to participate and represent their respective league in this year's Home Run Derby. Both sides have plenty of pop and star power.
Joining Joey Bats on the American League squad for the Derby will be Adam Jones, Brian Dozier, and reigning Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes will be back to defend his title. Jones has 16 long balls this season and has been an important piece of the Baltimore offense. Minnesota will be able to cheer on a home-town player in Dozier, who has come out of nowhere to put together a solid first half, where he also has 16 round-trippers. Cespedes has hit 14 home runs so far this season, and will look to put on a show once again.
Troy Tulowitzki has put himself together quite a team of Nation League sluggers as well. Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig, and Todd Frazier will all be apart of Tulo's squad, and should make for a great event. Stanton leads the National League in Home Runs this season and was one of the more anticipated players to enter the Derby. Stanton has hit his fare share of monumental homers throughout his young career. Since arriving onto the scene last year, "Puig Mania" has been running wild. Puig has put together a solid first half in which he has hit 12 home runs. Reds slugger Todd Frazier is having the best season of his major league career and his belted a total of 17 home runs in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
It was a little difficult for Bautista to select his team as Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, and Miguel Cabrera all passed on the invite. His teammate Edwin Encarnacion recently landed on the DL, and both Victor Martinez and Brandon Moss are considered day-to-day with lingering injuries.
Both leagues still have a player each left to add to their team. Some of the possible names for Tulo to add to his National League squad may be Carlos Gomez, Justin Morneau, Anthony Rizzo, and Jay Bruce.
For Bautista and the American League, some popular names that could be added are Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager, Josh Donaldson, and White Sox slugger Jose Abreu.
No matter who the final competitors may be, it is sure to be an exciting 2014 Home Run Derby that features a bracket style format for the very first time. It's certain that balls will be flying high at Target Field in Minneapolis this Monday.
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