By Jacob Kornhauser on July 13, 2014
One of the most exciting parts of All-Star weekend is the Home Run Derby. Some of the league's biggest power hitters put their otherworldly talent on display and amaze people around the country. This year should be no different as 10 competitors will vie for the title of Home Run Derby champion. Here are five predictions of what will go down on Monday night.
Stanton has some of the most raw power in the entire league and his tape measure shots routinely make their way to SportsCenter. We've seen guys like this put on a show at the derby several times and Stanton should open some eyes. For someone with his power, it's not out of the question that he could put several moon shots into the crowd.
As one of the most exciting players in the game, it's only natural that Puig should be able to spice up this year's Home Run Derby. Even though there have been great moments in recent years, the derby as a whole has seemingly lost its luster lately. With Puig's flashy style and infamous bat flips, this derby will have no shortage of entertainment.
Make no mistake about it: Dozier didn't get an invite to the Home Run Derby just because he plays for the Twins, who are hosting All-Star weekend. He's one of the most underrated power hitters in the game, but he leads all second basemen with 16 home runs this season. It wouldn't be a surprise if Dozier made a deep run in the competition.
Bautista's power consistency may be able to vault him into the final where he will face the NL's leading home run hitter. While anything can happen in a competition like this, it's a good bet Stanton will make it to the final out of the NL side of the bracket.
With the ability to put balls out of the ballpark consistently, Bautista is a good bet to win the title this season. He will impress with some mammoth home runs, but his ability to hit for power to all fields will help him. He is likely to be hoisting the 2014 Home Run Derby trophy on Monday night.
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