Giancarlo Stanton will represent the Miami Marlins in the 2014 Home Run Derby according to a report from MLB.com.
Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies is the captain of the National League for the derby and confirmed on Saturday that Stanton will be a member of his group.
This will be the first time that Stanton participates in a home run derby despite consistently putting up strong power numbers in his career. At the present time, Stanton leads the NL in home runs and is three ahead of second place.
Stanton is having a tremendous season for Miami as he also leads in runs batted in and is fifth in batting average. Tulowitzki holds the top spot in the average category by a wide margin as the season approaches the All-Star break.
Thus far in 2014, Stanton has amassed 21 home runs and brought home 59 runs. While he is immensely talented on his own, the protection from Casey McGehee behind Stanton in the lineup daily appears to have led to the slugger seeing more hittable pitches.
Stanton could possibly start the All-Star Game as well as he is currently fourth in votes amongst NL outfielders. Even if Stanton is not voted in by fans, he is a virtual lock to be selected as a reserve.
With a designated hitter in the game this year, Stanton could still start the game depending on the lineup selected by NL manager Mike Matheny.