Major League Baseball released the bracket for the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held on Monday, July 10 at Marlins Park in Miami.
No. 1 seed Giancarlo Stanton (21 HR entering Wednesday’s action) will face No. 8 seed Gary Sanchez (13 HR).
No. 2 seed Aaron Judge (28 HR) will face No. 7 seed Justin Bour (18 HR).
No. 3 seed Cody Bellinger (24 HR) will face No. 6 seed Charlie Blackmon (18 HR).
No. 4 seed Mike Moustakas (24 HR) will face No. 5 seed Miguel Sano (20 HR).
The winner of Stanton/Sanchez will face the winner of Moustakas/Sano and the winner of Judge/Bour will face the winner of Bellinger/Blackmon in the second round.
Should be a lot of fun.
The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.
Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.
Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.