Aaron Judge lives up to hype in first round of HR Derby

Posted July 11, 2017

Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Minneapolis.

Top-seeded Stanton, meanwhile, will take on another Yankee, Gary Sanchez. "I'm excited to see if someone can hit one over 500 feet". He continued mashing home runs, easily defeating Sano by hitting 13 home runs with time to spare.

The Yankees star knocked off Miguel Sano, 11-10, in the final round to capture the title.

But has either player hit one of the five longest home runs of the first half of the season? Judge has created an incredible buzz around the majors and that should continue in his initial MLB Home Run Derby appearance. That's the advantage of being 6-7, 280 pounds. His career exit velocity on homers is 109.5 miles per hour, the fastest in the majors (minimum 40 home runs).

Bour set the bar extremely high, slugging 22 homers in the opening round, including six on consecutive swings. Moustakas' 10 homers were the most by a Royal in the event's history. Some notable alumni now dominating the Major League Baseball include Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and in a great transition HR derby participants Gary Sánchez and Miguel Sano. Tiebreakers were determined by home run totals since June 15, as stipulated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Stanton began to find his grove and hit a 496-foot shot off the glass behind the left-field seats, then started spraying impressive drives.

"These guys are going to hit the ball to.", Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said, pausing to look around Marlins Park for an appropriate destination.

Bour will also face a Yankees slugger, albeit one that was a relative unknown just a few short months ago. The vast majority of his home runs have been pulled into the right-field stands. Marlins Park would be buzzing with an electricity it hasn't ever felt. In 2016, FiveThirtyEight reported that most home runs are hit at a launch angle of about 25 to 30 degrees, with launch velocities of about 100 miles per hour.

What channel is the Home Run Derby on?: This year, ESPN will be airing the derby tournament. The No. 1 overall seed is +200 and set a Derby record with 61 bombs previous year in San Diego.

On the other side of the bracket is Giancarlo Stanton.