When each of the eight participants in Monday’s Triple-A Home Run Derby steps to the plate, they won’t have long to prove their hitting prowess.
Here’s what to know about the format of this year’s Derby, which will be held at BB&T Ballpark:
▪ There are eight contestants, six of them Class AAA baseball players. The other two are local high school seniors: Lake Norman’s Riley Zayicek and Charlotte Country Day’s Trent Alley.
▪ Unlike the Major League Baseball version, there is no bracket or seeding. There also are no time bonuses or stopping the running clock.
▪ The Derby has three rounds. The top four hitters in the first round advance to the second round, and then the top two in the second round will advance to the final.
▪ Each hitter gets four minutes per round to hit as many home runs as possible.
▪ The number of home runs resets each round, so there is no accumulation.
▪ The winner will receive the Triple-A Home Run Derby championship belt, which is engraved with the Triple-A All-Star Game logo.