MLB's All-Star Week festivities are officially here, and hype is especially building for the 2022 Home Run Derby. It will be an explosive night full of stars converging on Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.
Who is Participating in the Home Run Derby?
Here's who will participate in the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby:
-Pete Alonso, New York Mets
-Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
-Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
-Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
-Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies
-Julio Rodríguez, Seattle Mariners
-Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians
-Corey Seager, Texas Rangers
The full list of home derby pitchers can also be found below.
Pete Alonso HR Derby Pitcher
Pete Alsono is back, looking to make history with his third consecutive HR derby crown. There's little surprise with Alonso's choice, Dave Jauss. Jauss threw to Alonso in the 2021 Derby and is regarded as one of the best batting practice pitchers in the industry. There was a slight hiccup considering Jauss now works for the Washington Nationals, but the two agreed to challenge the derby field back in spring training.
Ronald Acuña Jr. HR Derby Pitcher
Ronald Acuña Jr. is also no stranger to this event, participating back in 2019. Atlanta Braves coach Tomas Perez threw to Acuña Jr. back in '19 and will return as his designated pitcher this season.
Albert Pujols HR Derby Pitcher
Albert Pujols tagged St. Louis Cardinals bullpen catcher, a regular batting practice pitcher, Kleininger Teran as his "teammate" in the event.
Juan Soto HR Derby Pitcher
Juan Soto opted for a non-MLB coach to work as his HR Derby pitcher. Soto selected Jorge Mejia, who has worked with the slugger since he was 17 as a hitting coach in the offseason.
Kyle Schwarber HR Derby Pitcher
Former University of Miami player and offseason workout partner Mike Sanicola will throw to Kyle Schwarber in the HR Derby. Schwarber refers to Sanicola as "Money."
Julio Rodríguez HR Derby pitcher
Set to become one of the youngest HR derby participants in this event's history, Julio Rodríguez asked his personal batting practice pitcher, Franmy Peña, to pitch to him in the event.
Jose Ramirez HR Derby Pitcher
Jose Ramirez tasked Junior Betances, his longtime friend and a staff member for Cleveland's Double-A affiliate, to throw to him in the HR derby.
Corey Seager HR Derby Pitcher
Corey Seager's HR derby pitcher will be his dad, Jeff Seager. Jeff threw to his son during Corey's first time in the event, back in 2016.
2022 Home Run Derby Odds & Participants
All MLB odds, totals and spreads are according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Pete Alonso (+185)
- Kyle Schwarber (+290)
- Juan Soto (+600)
- Ronald Acuna Jr. (+750)
- Julio Rodriguez (+850)
- Corey Seager (+1000)
- Jose Ramirez (+1600)
- Albert Pujols (+2400)
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