With seven home runs in the first round Monday at Petco Park, Cano simply never had a chance against Stanton, who bashed a format-record 24 before the Mariners second baseman even stepped to the plate. Stanton won the title, defeating last year's champion, Todd Frazier, in the finals.
Cano's night was not without its highlights; he went on a homer binge late in his round, going over the wall with four of his final five swings. That included his longest home run of the night, a 452-foot shot, according to Statcast™.
The problem was simply that Cano found himself facing a home-run robot constructed for just this purpose. Stanton's longest shot was 497 feet. The Marlins outfielder bashed more than half of his 61 homers at least 450 feet. And Cano stuck around to watch each of them.
"We all know he's got a lot of power," Cano said.
Cano actually entered the night ranked ahead of Stanton as the event's No. 4 seed, with 21 home runs in 89 games. Along with Frazier, Cano was one of two former Derby winners in the field, taking home the title in Phoenix in 2011.
As in that event, and in Cano's subsequent Derby appearances in '12 and '13, his father, Jose, pitched to him. But the family connection was unable to spark Cano this time.
"I don't think that's an advantage that I've been there before," Cano said. "It's just about your rhythm, how you get them."
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.