Left-fielder Adam Duvall has been called upon to keep the derby's title in Cincinnati. He will be the third seed in the competition, and will face off against the No. 6 seed, hometown slugger Wil Myers, in the opening round.
Adam Duvall enters Thursday with 22 homers, good for third place in the National League behind only Kris Bryant (25) and Nolan Arenado (23). This year's derby takes place at historically pitcher-friendly Petco Park, but that may not work too harshly in Duvall's favor. According to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, all 22 of Duvall's doinkers this season would have also cleared the fence at Petco.
Duvall will look to become the fourth Reds player to win the Home Run Derby, and the second straight after Todd Frazier won the title with the first buzzer-beating home run in baseball history, in the greatest derby anyone's ever seen.
Completing the field for the National League are Myers, Dodgers rookie sensation Corey Seager, Rockies eternal-trade candidate Carlos Gonzalez, and Marlins world-beater Giancarlo Stanton. The American League field consists of the Orioles Mark Trumbo, the Mariners' Robinson Cano, and of course, Frazier.
Duvall, much like this year's derby as a whole, has a hell of a lot to live up to. But it'll be a lot of fun watching him go for it. The Derby starts Monday, July 11th, at 8:00 p.m.