Learn a little bit about each of the six Class AAA stars competing in Monday’s Triple-A Home Run Derby.
▪ Chad Huffman, 31, Toldeo Mud Hens: Huffman replaces top Yankees prospect Aaron Judge, who is out with a knee injury. Although he’s the oldest batter, Huffman won the 2009 Triple-A Home Run Derby and has a chance to repeat Monday.
▪ Chris Marrero, 28, Pawtucket Red Sox: Marrero might play for Pawtucket, but he’s already hit a home run at BB&T Ballpark this year. With 14 home runs this season, expect Marrero to blast a few more in his return to Charlotte.
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▪ Jesus Montero, 26, Buffalo Bisons: Of the six, Montero has the most recent Triple-A Home Run Derby experience (2015). He didn’t win a year ago, but his big-league experience with the Yankees might give him an edge.
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▪ Kyle Jensen, 28, Reno Aces: Over the past three seasons, Jensen has more home runs (63) than any other Pacific Coast League player. With 16 this season, he’ll be a threat to take home the championship belt.
▪ Rob Segedin, 27, Oklahoma City Dodgers: Segedin nearly quit baseball last season when he was demoted to Class AA, but he has responded this season with a career-high 13 home runs.
▪ Travis Taijeron, 27, Las Vegas 51s: Taijeron has hit more home runs in a single season (25 last year) than any other batter in Monday’s Derby.