VIDEO: Vladdy Jr. Demolishing HR Derby Practice Balls! Is He The Favorite?

WATCH: Toronto Blue Jay Slugger Vlad Guerrero Jr. is getting ready for the Home Run Derby by crushing baseballs in BP... is he your choice to win?

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Here's some highlights from Vladdy Jr so far this season..

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (8 HR)

Less than three months into his Major League career, Guerrero will have a chance to put his impressive power on display at the Derby (did you see the Home Run Derby batting practice he took?). Vlad Jr. will be the youngest player ever to participate in the contest, and he could also make franchise history by becoming the first Blue Jays player to win it.

The son of Hall of Famer Vlad Sr. will be 20 years, 114 days old for the Derby -- 116 days younger than Griffey was for the 1990 showcase. The younger Guerrero was even in attendance when his father won the event in San Francisco in 2007.

 

He'll also being up against Pirates MonStar Josh Bell...

Josh Bell, Pirates (25 HR)

After hitting just 12 home runs over 148 games in 2018, Bell has arrived as an elite power source for Pittsburgh this season -- slugging 25 homers already in the first half, which is just one shy of his career high for a full season.

That includes an MLB-leading five homers of more than 450 feet. Like Santana, Guerrero and Acuna, Bell will attempt to become the first player in his franchise's history to take home the Derby crown.

 

Mets Rookie Rocker, Pete Alonso...

Pete Alonso, Mets (28 HR)

Alonso has shown prodigious power in his first MLB campaign, eclipsing the Mets' full-season rookie home run record (previously held by Darryl Strawberry) when he went deep for the 27th time ... on June 23. The first baseman could become the first Mets player to win the Home Run Derby outright (Strawberry and Wally Joyner were co-champions in 1986).

Alonso and Yelich have hit more 400-foot homers (20) than anyone in the Majors this season. And Alonso has more 110-plus mph homers (11) than anyone except Gary Sanchez, including a 118.3 mph shot on April 11 that's tied for the hardest-hit homer in the Majors this year.

 

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Christian Yelich, Brewers (31 HR)

Last year's NL MVP has somehow been even better in 2019. Yelich is the first player to 30 homers -- he hit No. 31 on Tuesday -- and when you pair his amazing first half with his red-hot second half of '18, he's on one of the most ridiculous stretches in recent memory. The Brewers star has hit 56 home runs since last year's All-Star break -- and he might even chase 60 this year.

Yelich is looking to become the second Brewers player to win the Home Run Derby after Prince Fielder (2009), and he could be the third reigning MVP to win the Derby after Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and Frank Thomas in 1995.

Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves (20 HR)

Coming off a power-packed NL Rookie of the Year campaign in which he hit 26 homers in just 433 at-bats, Acuna has shown that was no fluke, slugging 20 long balls so far this season. A Derby win for Acuna would be the first by a Braves player.

If he wins, Acuna will be the youngest winner in Home Run Derby history, as he's just 21 … but of course, if the even younger Vlad Jr. wins (he's 20), he'd take the honor. The youngest-ever Derby champion is Juan Gonzalez, who was 23 when he defeated fellow 23-year-old -- and future Hall of Famer -- Griffey in a tiebreaker round in 1993.

Carlos Santana, Indians (18 HR)

Before he makes his first All-Star Game appearance as the starting first baseman for the American League, Santana will try to become the first Indians player to win the Home Run Derby -- and the fourth player overall to do so at his home park.

The other three hometown Derby champions: Bryce Harper at Nationals Park last year, Todd Frazier at Great American Ball Park in 2015 and Ryne Sandberg at Wrigley Field in 1990.

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