Monday, July 8, 2013
Who should Wright, Cano pick for Derby?
By ESPN Stats & Information
Who should David Wright and Robinson Cano pick to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby when selections are announced tonight at 6 ET on "SportsCenter"? Members of ESPN’s Home Run Tracker team weighed in.
Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Upton has only one home run since May 17, but his shortest home run is 404 feet. Remarkably, his 427.9 average home run distance is highest among all players with more than one home run. Upton has two 460-foot home runs and six others of at least 425 feet. Of his 15 home runs, 13 would have cleared the fence at Citi Field.
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Bruce has eight home runs that have gone at least 425 feet, tied with Upton for the most in the NL.
June solidified Bruce’s nomination, as he hit his five longest home runs of the season, all at least 430 feet. His headline home run was a 472-foot blast off Patrick Corbin, the third-longest home run this season.
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez edges out Paul Goldschmidt by the narrowest of margins, getting the nod because he's hit two home runs over 450 feet this season and has three others over 430 feet.
Fourteen of his 22 home runs have been at least 400 feet, and all but four of his home runs would have been out at Citi Field.
Alvarez has nine home runs classified by www.hittrackeronline.com as “No Doubt” home runs, the most in the majors. ("No Doubt home run" means the ball cleared the fence by at least 20 vertical feet and landed at least 50 feet past the fence).
Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Although Trumbo ranks ninth in the AL with 19 home runs, nine of those went at least 425 feet, the most in baseball. His average home run distance is 417.7 feet, fourth in the majors (among players with a minimum of 10 home runs), and all but three of his home runs would have been out at Citi Field.
His 475-foot home run off Dan Straily on April 29 is tied for the longest home run of the year.
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Davis leads the majors with 33 home runs, showing power to all fields.
Davis has not hit a home run over 440 feet this season; seven have gone at least 425. His eight home runs to center field are the most in baseball.
Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
Cruz has 22 home runs this season, including ones that went 450 feet and 445 feet. Nineteen of those homers would have been out at Citi Field.
Although his average home run distance is 410.4 feet (12th among players with at least 10 home runs), when excluding his opposite-field home runs, his average home run distance is 419 feet.