Yelich, 27, has been bothered by back spasms at times this season. Evidently they have been bad enough recently to keep him out of the Home Run Derby. Yelich was the No. 1 seed, set to square off against Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, goes into the All-Star break batting .329/.433/.707 with a MLB-best total of 31 home runs along with 67 RBI.
Chapman, 26, entered Sunday’s action batting .265/.353/.534 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI across 388 trips to the plate. Now in his third season, this will be Chapman’s first appearance in the Home Run Derby.