(CBS Denver) — It’s formally the slowest sports activities day of the yr. And whereas the Residence Run Derby and All-Star Sport haven’t any bearing on the standings, each make for enjoyable viewing within the absence of actual video games.
This week’s Baseball Report appears on the Residence Run Derby outcomes, Shohei Ohtani getting the All-Star nod as each beginning pitcher and lead-off batter, and the highest decide within the current MLB Draft.
Residence Run Derby Outcomes
The Residence Run Derby could be the excessive level of the All-Star break. It definitely supplies its justifiable share of highlights, with a lot of MLB’s finest energy hitters dealing with off in a event to find out baseball’s prime slugger. New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso prevailed, defending his 2019 rookie-year title by topping Baltimore Orioles proper fielder Trey Mancini, a current most cancers survivor who gave an inspiring performance.
Los Angeles Angels two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohtani, who leads the league in residence runs with 33 to this point this season, earned the highest seed. However he couldn’t make it out of the primary spherical, falling to Washington Nationals proper fielder Juan Soto after two tiebreakers. Soto Alonso opened with 35 residence runs, a first-round file. Mancini and Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story additionally superior.
Mancini knocked off Story, and Alonso knocked off Soto within the second spherical to arrange the finals. The final spherical went to the wire, with Alonso edging out Mancini, 23-22. His win over the sentimental favorite makes him simply the third participant to win back-to-back titles.
Coming into the Derby, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Choose held the Statcast period distance file, due to a 2017 blast that sailed 513 ft. This yr alone 4 totally different gamers beat or tied that mark within the first spherical. Soto is the brand new file holder, after a 520-foot shot that landed in the precise subject higher deck at Coors Area.
Ohtani To Begin And Lead Off All-Star Sport
Whereas Ohtani was knocked out early within the Residence Run Derby, he’ll have an opportunity to redeem himself Tuesday night time. The primary participant ever to be voted in as each a pitcher and a hitter can have loads of consideration. The sport’s lineups have been not too long ago introduced, and he’ll begin the sport on the mound and leadoff when the American League bats. Ohtani will face Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
Usually, pitchers within the All-Star Sport don’t throw greater than an inning. Beneath the current rules, the American League would hand over the DH spot if Ohtani pitches after which hits for himself. His elimination from the mound would finish his night time. However due to a rule exception for a sport that doesn’t have an effect on the standings anyway, he’ll be allowed to remain in at DH. Ohtani is actually being handled as two gamers.
Along with main the league in residence runs, Ohtani is hitting .279, with 70 RBI. In 67 innings on the mound, he has a 3.49 ERA with 87 strikeouts, en path to a 4-1 file.
Listed here are the All-Star Sport lineups:
Fernando Tatis Jr. – SS, San Diego Padres
Max Muncy – DH, Los Angeles Dodgers
Nolan Arenado – 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Freddie Freeman – 1B, Atlanta Braves
Nick Castellanos – RF, Cincinnati Reds
Jesse Winker – LF, Cincinnati Reds
J.T. Realmuto – C, Philadelphia Phillies
Bryan Reynolds – CF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Adam Frazier – 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Shohei Ohtani – DH, Los Angeles Angels
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
Xander Bogaerts – SS, Boston Crimson Sox
Aaron Choose – RF, New York Yankees
Rafael Devers – 3B, Boston Crimson Sox
Marcus Semien – 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Salvador Perez – C, Kansas Metropolis Royals
Teoscar Hernández – LF, Toronto Blue Jays
Cedric Mullins – CF, Baltimore Orioles
Pirates Draft Catcher Henry Davis First
Other than the All-Star festivities, MLB is utilizing the break to carry its 2021 amateur draft, held in June in earlier years. The primary spherical occurred Sunday night time, adopted by rounds 2-10 on Monday and rounds 11-20 on Tuesday. What was 40 rounds was minimize to 5 rounds in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. That quantity will increase to twenty this yr.
The primary identify off the board Sunday was College of Louisville catcher Henry Davis. The sophomore was a first-team All-American this previous season, hitting .370 with 15 residence runs, and 48 RBI in 50 video games. He was seen as perhaps school baseball’s finest hitter. Davis was additionally a Buster Posey Award finalist. The award goes to varsity baseball’s prime catcher. Shortstop Marcelo Mayer, out of Eastlake Excessive Faculty in California was seen to be the crew’s different best choice. This Draft didn’t have a transparent prime decide entering into.
Listed here are the highest 5 choices:
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1. Henry Davis, C, Louisville – Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt – Texas Rangers
3. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Corridor HS (OK) – Detroit Tigers
4. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS (CA) – Boston Crimson Sox
5. Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston State – Baltimore Orioles