"I'm ecstatic," Frazier said. "It's good for the town and good for me again to get back out there. It's my second time around. So the nerves won't be as much. I will be a little more focused this year and trying to win this thing, especially in my hometown."
• 2015 HR Derby contestants announced
In the 2014 Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis as a first-time participant, Frazier was the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes. The format last year was National League vs. American League, but that is changing.
For the first time this year, the Derby will have a streamlined format featuring brackets and timed rounds. Brackets in the first round were seeded based on 2015 home run totals through Tuesday's games.
In his first-round matchup, Frazier is the No. 2 seed and will face the No. 7 seed Fielder. The other matchups have Pujols (No. 1) vs. Bryant (No. 8); Donaldson (No. 3) vs. Rizzo (No. 6); and Pederson (No. 4) vs. Machado (No. 5).
In 81 games this season, Frazier is batting .281/.338/.590 with 25 home runs and 55 RBIs. Fifteen of his homers have come playing at home.
Frazier liked his chances, and thought there might be a home-field advantage for him at Great American Ball Park.
"I do in a way," Frazier said. "I can't give [the secrets] away but sometimes the winds play a certain factor. They'll see how I'm swinging and hopefully they don't try and hit that way. You got to have power either way. If you can hit for power, which all these guys can, it's going to be a lot of home runs. One advantage here or there can definitely help."
Frazier will become the 18th player from a host team to partake in the Derby.
MLB's groundbreaking Statcast™ technology will provide the official measurement of all Derby homers, and this year's field features players who've hit some of the season's longest blasts. Donaldson hit the season's second-longest homer of the year back on April 23 against Chris Tillman, which was projected by Statcast™ to travel 481 feet. Bryant's 477 foot blast on May 26 off Aaron Barrett comes in at seventh longest, while Pederson's 477 foot rocket on June 2 off Jorge de La Rosa ranks eighth.
The Derby will be televised live by ESPN and MLB.com.
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