Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be swinging for the fences in Monday's Home Run Derby at Petco Park.
Stanton was announced as a participant in the annual event on Thursday and will be matched up against Robinson Cano in the first round. The HR Derby features a bracket and seeds reminiscent of the NCAA Tournament. Stanton is ranked fifth out of the eight players in the event.
Stanton is having a disappointing season overall, but had a big series in New York this week. At one point, the outfielder hit a home run in four straight at-bats. That tied a Major League Baseball record and set a franchise mark. With the recent barrage of home runs, Stanton now has 19 in the first half.
Should Stanton advance past Cano of the Seattle Mariners, he would take on the winner of the Mark Trumbo/Corey Seager match-up in the second round. Trumbo is the #1 seed in this year's event. The Baltimore Orioles outfielder draws a favorable opponent in the eighth-seeded Seager.
On the other side of the bracket is #2 seed Todd Frazier, #7 Carlos Gonzalez, #3 Adam Duvall and #6 Wil Myers. Stanton could only take on one of these men in the HR Derby finals. Myers is sure to draw the loudest cheers playing in front of his fans in San Diego.
Stanton will not be in this year's All-Star Game on Tuesday, but four of his teammates will be. Marcell Ozuna, Jose Fernandez, Fernando Rodney and A.J. Ramos were all named to the National League roster.
The 2016 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday at 8:00 p.m.