Statcast: Tracking the Derby Bracket

MLBAM also unveils updated MLB.com Home Run Derby mobile game

NEW YORK, JULY 10, 2015 - The names have been announced and the brackets unveiled for the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders. Fans and analysts are making their predictions. Now, Statcast powered by Amazon Web Services puts MLBAM's tracking technology data to work, analyzing the rankings and matchups based on the home runs hit by the eight participants so far in 2015. All distances during the event from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati will be measured using Statcast powered by Amazon Web Services.

TOP 10 PROJECTED DISTANCES - (HRD PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

1.   481' Josh Donaldson, TOR (4/23)

2.   477' Kris Bryant, CHI (5/26)

3.   477' Joc Pederson, LAD (6/2)

4.   472' Joc Pederson, LAD (6/2)

5.   458' Joc Pederson, LAD (6/29)

6.   454' Albert Pujols, LAA (5/30)

7.   451' Joc Pederson, LAD (5/1)

8.   449' Kris Bryant, CHI (5/12)

9.   449' Joc Pederson, LAD (6/1)

10. 449' Joc Pederson, LAD (6/20)

TOP 10 EXIT VELOCITY HR (MPH) - (HRD PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

1.   112.51 Josh Donaldson, TOR (4/23)

2.   111.23 Joc Pederson, LAD (5/2)

3.   110.99 Albert Pujols, LAA (6/2)

4.   110.93 Kris Bryant, CHI (5/12)

5.   110.78 Anthony Rizzo, CHI (6/19)

6.   110.70 Joc Pederson, LAD (6/20)

7.   110.45 Josh Donaldson, TOR (6/10)

8.   110.15 Josh Donaldson, TOR (5/25)

9.   109.62 Joc Pederson, LAD (4/29)

10. 109.49 Prince Fielder, TEX (5/25)

 

TRACKING THE MATCHUPS

1. Albert Pujols (LAA) v. 8. Kris Bryant (CHI)

Pujols - HR: 26; Longest: 454' (May 30); Top Exit Velocity HR: 110.99 mph (April 8)

Bryant - HR: 12; Longest: 477' (May 26); Top Exit Velocity HR: 110.93 mph (May 12)

2. Todd Frazier (CIN) v. 7. Prince Fielder (TEX)

Frazier - HR: 25; Longest: 436' (May 29); Top Exit Velocity HR: 107.59 mph (April 8)

Fielder - HR: 13; Longest: 447' (May 26); Top Exit Velocity HR: 109.49 mph (May 25)

3. Josh Donaldson (TOR) v. 6. Anthony Rizzo (CHI)

Donaldson - HR: 21; Longest: 481' (April 23); Top Exit Velocity HR: 112.51 mph (April 23)

Rizzo - HR: 16; Longest: 429' (June 5); Top Exit Velocity HR: 110.78 mph (June 19)

4. Joc Pederson (LAD) v. 5. Manny Machado (BAL)

Pederson - HR: 20; Longest: 477' (June 2); Top Exit Velocity HR: 111.23 mph (May 2)

Machado - HR: 19; Longest: 437' (June 16); Top Exit Velocity HR: 109.07 mph (April 23)

 

AWARD-WINNING HOME RUN DERBY MOBILE GAME UPDATED

MLBAM has updated its popular mobile game, MLB.com Home Run Derby 15, with the eight participants and new bracket and timed round format for fans to compete in the derby from Great American Ball Park, home to the Cincinnati Reds and the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders.

This new version of the game is available as a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play and includes multiple ballparks, highlighted by its HD re-creation of Great American Ball Park. Fans may play in both single player and multiplayer modes for a chance to capture the Home Run Derby title, reach the top of the worldwide leaderboards and earn valuable upgrades.

MLB.com Home Run Derby 15 delivers an action-packed baseball experience unlike any other on mobile platforms with unparalleled graphics, user-friendly controls and sound. This year's version also includes high resolution players for 41 participants from the 2010-2014 Home Run Derby competitions.

 

FEATURES FOR MLB.com HOME RUN DERBY:

MULTIPLAYER DERBY MODE

  • Enter the authentic Home Run Derby tournament
  • Play against MILLIONS in live multiplayer games
  • Climb the leaderboards competing against the world's best
  • Compete with the 2015 participants

ARCADE MODE

  • Hit as many home runs as possible before the clock runs out
  • Awesome achievements & ballpark-specific challenges with new ways to earn virtual currency
  • Get rewarded by hitting targets & special Gold and MLBuck baseballs

SINGLE PLAYER DERBY MODE

  • Build up skills in an authentic Home Run Derby tournament against the AI
  • Slow-motion cameras, home run announcer "calls" and more

AND THE WINNER WILL BE....

After running 10,000 simulations of the bracket via the MLB.com Home Run Derby mobile game, the participant winning the bracket most often was Joc Pederson at 25 percent. The Dodgers rookie was followed by top-seeded Albert Pujols (23%), fellow rookie Kris Bryant (19%) and Todd Frazier (16%) of the host Cincinnati Reds.

The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, which is part of Gatorade All- Star Workout Day, will be broadcast live on ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Monday, July 13. It also will be available on ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.