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Which Players Would Be Most Exciting To Round Out Home Run Derby Field?

With just four days until the 2024 MLB Home Run Derby, we still don’t know two of the participants.

Many of baseball’s biggest superstars won’t be partaking in the event. Elite power hitters such as Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani, and Yordan Alvarez have announced they won’t be in the derby but there is still plenty to watch for.

Gunner Henderson, Pete Alonso, Alec Bohm, Bobby Witt Jr, and Marcell Ozuna are the six contestants revealed so far for the debry that takes place on Monday at 8:00 PM EST from Globe Life Field in Arlington Texas.

Pete Alonso going for his 3rd Home Run Derby win (2019,2021) and Bobby Witt Jr making his derby debut in his hometown are the two biggest storylines of the HRD so far.

However, with more contestants come more storylines and there are still two of the eight spots to be filled before sluggers tee off in the Lone Star State.

Let’s break down which players would be the most exciting to see round out the field of this summer’s home run derby.

Adolis Garcia – Texas Rangers
Garcia isn’t having an All-Star Season by any means but to say El Bombi wouldn’t be must-see TV during the Home Run Derby is outlandish.

With the All-Star Game being held in Arlington, Garcia would get the chance to put on a show in front of his home crowd.

In 87 games this season, Garcia has 17 home runs and 45 RBI. His most recent moon shot was a 405 FT game-winner in the Rangers 5-4 win over the Angels.

Adolis Garcia competing in the Home Run Derby in front of his home crowd would be must see TV

Elly De La Cruz – Cincinnati Runs
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to watch Elly De La Cruz in the Home Run Derby?

De La Cruz has 15 home runs this season and with the Reds superstar being one of baseball’s best switch hitters, we could see another Adley Rutschman situation where De La Cruz switches sides of the plate mid-round.

Although we wouldn’t get to watch him run around the field, baseball fans would love seeing Elly De La Cruz in the derby.

William Contreras – Milwaukee Brewers
The NL’s starting catcher in the All-Star game William Contreras could sneak into the Home Run Derby field.

Although he only has ten home runs on the season, Contreras’ bombs are not wall-scrapers by any means.

In 2021 while with the Braves, Contreas was a starting in the All-Star Game yet he still remains one of the more underrated players in the league.

Contreras has raw power to all fields and watching home compete in the derby would be a chance for him to introduce himself to baseball fans on one of the game’s biggest stages.

Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros
Why not have a villain in the Home Run Derby? After a well-documented feud between Kyle Tucker’s Houston Astros and the All-Star Game host Texas Rangers, having Tucker in the derby would be amusing.

Despite being on a team that has been a dynasty over much of the last decade, Kyle Tucker is one of baseball’s more underrated superstars.

Tucker has 19 home runs and 40 RBI this season and would be a very intriguing HRD candidate.

Teoscar Hernández – Los Angales Dodgers
Move over Ohtani, Betts, and Freeman, the Dodgers could have a different Home Run Derby Participant.

Teoscar Hernandez has been noted as wanting to participate in the Derby and with 19 home runs on the season, would be a solid candidate.

Sure, Hernandez isn’t the most household name across baseball, but he would still be very entertaining to watch in the HRD


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