The home run derby has always been one of the most exciting events of the year and it is about time that we have finally found a way to incorporate it with fantasy baseball. Below are my fantasy rankings for the 27th annual Home Run Derby on Monday night:
1. Andrew McCutchen, PIT – McCutchen is having a career year for the Bucos and is having an even bigger year for fantasy owners. The center fielder was brought in to replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton, and McCutchen certainly has the power to win the event. Look for him to end up in the finals and earn his spot in the 2013 derby.
3. Prince Fielder, DET – Fielder will now be hitting for the American League and is making his fourth appearance in the derby. He got off to a slow start this year, but has looked much more comfortable over the last month.
4. Jose Bautista, TOR – “Joey Bats” is certainly living up to his nickname this year, as he has already blasted 26 homers in 2011. However, Bautista may be a little too old to keep up with the young guns all the way to the finals.
5. Carlos Beltran, STL – Beltran is having a resurgent season for the Cards and his 20 homers is ranked second in the National League. He has blasted an incredible 322 home runs throughout his career and is easily the most experienced power-hitter in the competition.
6. Matt Kemp, LAD – It is a little odd that Kemp chose to participate in the event considering that he has not played in a game since May 30th. Kemp may struggle to get a grove early, especially since he has not played baseball in well over a month, making his value for the competition to fall quite a bit.
8. Mark Trumbo, LAA – Trumbo is enjoying a strong sophomore season and has already crushed 22 homers in the first half of the year. Trumbo has certainly benefited from having Albert Pujols next to him in the lineup and has become a much better power-hitter.