After three rounds of bombs sailing over the outfield walls, the victor proved to be Yoenis Cespedes, outfielder for the Oakland Athletics. Interestingly enough, Cespedes was the only Home Run Derby participant who is not also on the All-Star team.
Cespedes started off on fire, blasting 17 home runs in the first round. No other player had reached 17 through the second round. Cespedes coasted through the second round with six home runs before advancing to face Bryce Harper in the finals. Harper was solid with eight long balls, but it only took Cespedes five of his ten outs to blast nine home runs, the final being an absolute bomb to straightaway center field.
Here are the final results, with the players' home runs in each round followed by their totals:
1. Yoenis Cespedes: 17, 6, 9 (32)
2. Bryce Harper: 8, 8, 8 (24)
3. Michael Cuddyer: 7,8 (15)
4. Chris Davis: 8, 4 (12)
5. Pedro Alvarez: 6
6. Prince Fielder: 5
6. David Wright: 5
8. Robinson Cano: 4
Fielder, a two-time Derby champion, failed to advance past the first round. Cano, who won the event two years ago, finished in dead last. Cuddyer wasn't expected to do much, as National League captain David Wright picked him largely because they grew up in the same area of Virginia, but he finished with the third most home runs.
The American League participants finished with 53 home runs on the night, while the National League finished barely behind with 50. Obviously, Cespedes is the man to thank for the AL coming out on top.
Fielder hit the longest shot of the night, a 483-footer out to right field.
Cespedes, a second year player out of Cuba, has now made his name known to the masses of fans watching Monday night's event. However, they would likely be surprised to find that he is only batting .225 with 15 home runs on the season. Hopefully for the A's, Cespedes' victory in the Home Run Derby will give him the spark he needs to start producing during games.