Major League Baseball announced Monday that Jose Bautista would be the captain of the American League Home Run Derby team and the Colorado Rockies’ own Troy Tulowitzki will helm the National League side. Here’s who Troy should pick – along with their home run totals and slugging percentages – to swing for the fences in Minnesota on July 14th.
Evan Gattis – 16/.564 Gattis is a huge man who leans in and smashes the ball, which explains him being fourth in the NL in home runs and third in slugging. He also has the best nickname in baseball, El Oso Blanco.
Paul Goldschmidt – 15/.552 The only thing keeping Goldschmidt from winning multiple MVP awards is the winning percentage of the Diamondbacks. If they ever get into contention, his trophy case will fill up quick. Goldschmidt is a top 5 position player in the Majors who also has youth on his side.
Michael Morse – 13/.524 Maybe a surprise on the list with only one season with more than 20 home runs, but Morse’s move to the Bay has paid off big time. Now he’s the most potent power hitter in the first place Giants’ lineup. The only guy over 30 on the squad.
Troy Tulowitzki – 18/.648 Then there’s Troy himself, the captain. If the Rockies poor record doesn’t drop off too much, Tulo will easily be the NL MVP to go with another Silver Slugger and Gold Glove. Another top 5 position player on the Derby team.
*Anthony Rizzo – 15/.502 Rizzo is the first replacement for the team. If one of the top four picks (Stanton or Goldschmidt) decides to not jeopardize injury or the traditional post-Derby slump, Rizzo’s first up. The Cubs’ cornerstone can become one of the best power hitters in the game with a little more seasoning.
*Yasiel Puig – 11/.532 Puig is the second replacement and nothing else needs to be said about the young Cuban. He’ll bring sheer excitement and raw power to the Derby.
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