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Kyle Schwarber Reveals His Choice for HR Derby Pitcher

Adam Taylor McKillop
Kyle Schwarber has revealed his choice for his MLB Home Run Derby pitcher.
Kyle Schwarber has revealed his choice for his MLB Home Run Derby pitcher. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Like a few of his fellow competitors, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber is no stranger to the bright lights that is the MLB Home Run Derby. He finished as runner-up to his new Phillies teammate Bryce Harper back in 2018, and looks to take the crown in 2022.

Schwarber spoke to MLB.com about some strategy changes he plans to implement this season, but one thing won't be changing: the person throwing to him.

Kyle Schwarber Home Run Derby

A longtime offseason workout partner, Mike Sanicola will pitch to Schwarber in Monday's derby. Sanicola also pitched to the NL's home run leader back in 2018. The two work out together throughout the offseason as Schwarber's designated BP pitcher.

Schwarber even refers to Sanicola by a special nickname, calling him "Money" because his BP pitching is "so consistent." The Phillies slugger also enjoys this partnership because of Sanicola "isn't going to be overtaken by the moment."

Sanicola previously played at the University of Miami.

FanDuel Sportsbook has released odds for the 2022 HR Derby and Pete Alonso remains the favorite at +195. Schwarber checks in with the second-best odds set at +350.

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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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