Joc Pederson of the Dodgers has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8. The 2019 Derby will be held at Progressive Field in Cleveland and will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern and 5:00 PM Pacific times.
Pederson, who is tied for second on the team with 20 homers, will make his second appearance in the derby after finishing second to Todd Frazier in the 2015 Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Pederson enters Thursday’s contest in a very crowded tenth-place tie for the most long balls in the National League. His 12.25 homers per at bat ranks ninth in all of baseball.
For the season, Joc is slashing .245/.339/.534 with 41 RBI over 286 AB in 78 games.
With Pederson in the contest, the Dodgers will have had a participant in the event the last six seasons. He will become the 13th appearance by a Dodger in the derby. The 27-year-old native of Palo Alto will join Mike Piazza (1993-94) and Matt Kemp (2011-2012) as the only Dodgers to participate in the contest twice.
The annual showcase will also feature Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, Toronto Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana.
The first round brackets are seeded based on 2019 homer totals through Tuesday’s games, while ties are broken up by awarding the higher seed to the player who reached his current home run total first. The first round matchups will go as follows: No. 1 seed Yelich (31 home runs) vs. No. 8 seed Guerrero Jr. (8); No. 2 seed Alonso (28) vs. No. 7 seed Santana (18); No. 3 seed Bell (25) vs. No. 6 seed Acuña Jr. (20); and No. 4 seed Bregman (22) vs. No. 5 seed Pederson (20).
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)