NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Major League Baseball announced Wednesday Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge will be the No. 2 seed at next week’s Home Run Derby in Miami.
Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton will be the top seed on Monday night at his home ballpark in Miami.
Stanton received the No. 1 seed after winning the event during All-Star week last year in San Diego. He will face Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round at Marlins Park.
Judge, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, will square off against seventh-seeded Justin Bour of the hometown Marlins. Another rookie, No. 3 seed Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is paired with sixth-seeded Charlie Blackmon of Colorado. No. 4 seed Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals is matched against Minnesota slugger Miguel Sano, the fifth seed.
Major League Baseball announced the bracket Wednesday night. After Stanton, players were seeded based on their home run totals through Tuesday’s games. In the case of a tie, the higher seed went to the player who reached his current total first.
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