Cespedes puts on another show, captures second consecutive Home Run Derby Title
The Home Run Derby was Monday and if you like seeing baseballs travel a long way, it was a treat to watch.
The players for the American League team were Jose Bautista (captain), Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Brian Dozier and Adam Jones. The players on the National League Team were Troy Tulowitzki (captain), Todd Frazier, Justin Morneau, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton.
Frazier started things off and hit only two home runs in his first Home Run Derby appearance. Dozier with the home crowd chanting his name hit two home runs as well. Tulowitzki ended up crushing four home runs. Bautista hit some tape-measure shots and finished his first round with 10 bombs.
Yasiel Puig seemed a little anxious at the plate and hit zero home runs. Jones hit some laser shots at Target Field, and finished with four home runs. Stanton put on quite a show with six home runs, including one that had a projected distance of 510 feet. Donaldson hit three home runs in his showing at the derby.
Morneau finished with two home runs, and he had a swing-off with Frazier to qualify for the next round. Cespedes hit three home runs, and he had a swing-off with his teammate Donaldson.
Frazier hit one home run in his swing-off, and he advanced to the next round, due to Morneau hitting none. Donaldson hit one home run in his swing-off, but he lost as Cespedes hit two home runs.
Bautista and Stanton received a bye in the second round by virtue of hitting 10 and six home runs respectively in the first round.
NL Second Round
Frazier vs. Tulowitzki. Frazier finished with six home runs in his second round. Tulowitzki came up short and finished with two home runs.
AL Second Round
Cespedes vs. Jones. Cespedes hit nine home runs in his second round, and he moved on due to Jones hitting just three home runs.
NL Third Round
Frazier vs. Stanton. Frazier hit one home and advanced to the Final Round, because very shockingly Stanton hit zero home runs.
AL Third Round
Cespedes vs. Bautista. Cespedes hit seven home runs and advanced to the Final Round, as Bautista hit just four home runs.
Cespedes vs. Frazier. Cespedes hit nine home runs and this was more than enough, as Frazier could only manage one home run.
Cespedes became the 2nd player to win back-to-back Home Run Derby titles, since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99. The average projected distance for Cespedes in the Finals was 465.4 feet, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Though Morneau didn’t make it out of the first round, it was nice to see the crowd give him a standing ovation when his name was announced.