Home Run Derby Participants Announced, First Round Predictions

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Harper - who has participated in the event once before - will be joined by seven players making their Home Run Derby debuts, as Major League Baseball showcases the huge young talent around the league.

With the festivities in Washington under a week away, Monday evening's Home Run Derby has been looking for some much-needed star power with the news that the last two winners, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, will not be participating at Nationals Park.

On the same side of the bracket as Aguilar and Hoskins will be Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Max Muncy (#3 seed) and Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (#6 seed).

The fact that Philadelphia is now considered one of the top contenders in the National League at the moment after all of the years going through rebuilding mode is pretty wonderful, and there's no question Hoskins has played a major role in the team being in this great of a position.

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This year's Home Run Derby is shaping up to be a pretty lively event. Harper lost to Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 final at Citi Field in NY. Home Run Derby taking place on Saturday, July 14th followed by the Pitch, Hit and Run competition two days later. Ties were broken by awarding the higher seed to the player who reached his current home run total first. Harper will face Freddie Freeman from the Atlanta Braves who is appearing in the first Home Run Derby of his career while also getting the nod for his first All-Star Game appearance since 2014.

Freeman will be the first courageous to participate since the derby went to a full bracket-style format in 2015.

At 28 years old, Freeman and Aguilar are the oldest participants in the 2018 Home Run Derby.

For complete details on the Home Run Derby VR Championship, please visit mlb.com/hrdvr-championship.

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