Much to the chagrin of baseball, the NL home run leader and Chicago Cub, Kris Bryant (25 dingers), will reportedly not participate in the 2016 Home Run Derby – teammate Anthony Rizzo (20) is looking unlikely, as well. That said, there are still plenty of other, exciting mashers left in the Majors – like the current AL and MLB home run leader Mark Trumbo (26) and rookie shortstop sensation Corey Seager – and both have officially accepted the invitation.
The Derby will be held this Monday in San Diego at Petco Park.
Seager is a particularly exciting selection – not unlike Kris Bryant was last year – as a rookie shortstop slashing .303/.363/.537 with 17 home runs in just 372 plate appearances. This will be his first (hopefully of many) Home Run Derbys in his career.
Trumbo, on the other hand, is an easy choice, as the current home run champion in the Major Leagues and owner of five 2-HR games in 2016 already. San Diego will be his second Derby appearance, the last one coming in 2012 as an Angel. That year, he hit the third most home runs with 13, but failed to reach the finals after losing to Jose Bautista. He’s slashing .285/.334/.570 with 26 home runs this year.