Given the Los Angeles Dodgers’ collective history in the Home Run Derby coupled with Joc Pederson participating in the event for the first time in his young career, there wasn’t much known over what to expect from the rookie.
Of the eight participants, Pederson’s 428.47-foot average on home runs through the first half of the season led the group. The Dodgers’ center fielder was very much at ease in the first round as he clubbed 13 home runs to advance past Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.
While several of Pederson’s 39 home runs on the night were worthy of bringing out the measuring tape, one stood about above the rest. Still trailing Machado’s home run total, Pederson’s 10th shot in the first round traveled 487 feet.
Not only was it Pederson’s longest home run of the night, it was the longest hit on the evening among all players. Although Pederson was edged out by Cincinnati Reds third baseman and hometown favorite Todd Frazier, he far surpassed disappointing benchmarks Dodgers players previously posted in the Home Run Derby.