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2014 Home Run Derby predictions

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Will reigning Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes be unseated? Let's make with the predictions. (USATSI)
Will reigning HR Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes be unseated? Let's make with the predictions. (USATSI)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As you're no doubt aware, the 2014 Home Run Derby goes down Monday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. By way of reminder, the AL field includes Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays (team captain), Josh Donaldson of the Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Twins, Adam Jones of the Orioles; Yoenis Cespedes of the A's (defending champion). The NL ledger comprises Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (team captain), Todd Frazier of the Reds; Justin Morneau of the Rockies; Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers; Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins.

Also bear in mind that this year's Derby will employ a new bracket-style format. Now let's have our say ...

Mike Axisa

Longest home run: Giancarlo Stanton, 521 feet
Highest single-round total: Justin Morneau, 18
Biggest surprise: Neither A's player advances
NL bracket winner: Todd Frazier
AL bracket winner: Adam Jones
2014 Home Run Derby champion: Todd Frazier

Sergio Gonzalez (our handsome and yeoman-like editor)

Longest home run: Giancarlo Stanton, 533 feet
Highest single-round total: Giancarlo Stanton, 20
Biggest surprise: Puig doesn't advance
NL bracket winner: Giancarlo Stanton
AL bracket winner: Yoenis Cespedes
2014 Home Run Derby champion: Giancarlo Stanton

Jon Heyman

Longest home run: Giancarlo Stanton, 483 feet
Highest single-round total: Yoenis Cespedes, 15
Biggest surprise: No one hits it farther than Joey Gallo did on Sunday
NL bracket winner: Giancarlo Stanton
AL bracket winner: Brian Dozier
2014 Home Run Derby champion: Brian Dozier

Dayn Perry

Longest home run: Giancarlo Stanton, 481 feet
Highest single-round total: Yasiel Puig, 14
Biggest surprise: At least one contestant will be shut out in the first round
NL bracket winner: Giancarlo Stanton
AL bracket winner: Jose Bautista
2014 Home Run Derby champion: Giancarlo Stanton

Matt Snyder

Longest home run: Yasiel Puig, 493 feet
Highest single-round total: Jose Bautista, 13
Biggest surprise: Giancarlo Stanton flops
NL bracket winner: Yasiel Puig
AL bracket winner: Jose Bautista
2014 Home Run Derby champion: Jose Bautista

Now, reader, what say you?

 
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