LOS ANGELES - Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig will compete in the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby on Monday, July 14. The announcement was made on ESPN's "SportsCenter" by National League Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki. On Sunday, Puig was voted one of the National League's starting outfielders for the Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis, his first career All-Star selection.
Puig, who has 12 home runs on the season, will compete in his first career Derby after hitting 19 home runs in his first big league season in 2013. His 31 homers in his first two seasons are currently the fourth-most by a Cuban-born player in MLB history behind Cespedes (49), Jose Canseco (38) and Alexei Ramirez (36). Puig will become the sixth player (eighth appearance) in Dodgers history to take part in the Derby, joining Steve Garvey (1985), Mike Piazza (1993-94), Raul Mondesi (1995), Hee-Seop Choi (2005) and Matt Kemp (2011-12).
Eight of the 10 participants for the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby were announced today. The A.L. competitors who will join Bautista include 2013 Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles and second baseman Brian Dozier of the host Minnesota Twins. Joining Tulowitzki as representatives of the N.L. will be Puig, N.L. home run leader Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and third baseman Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds. The final competitor in each league will be announced on Thursday
In addition to coverage on ESPN and MLB.com, the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby, which is part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, will be broadcast live on ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET)/7:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, July 14. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.