2022 MLB Home Run Derby Picks: Pete Alonso Looks To Repeat

  • Date & Location: Monday, July 18 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN

The 2022 MLB Home Run Derby takes place on Monday, July 18 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Eight of the best home run hitters in the league get together in a seeded tournament format to earn the Home Run Derby title win.

The rules for the Derby are that the batters each have three minutes per round in the first and second rounds and two minutes in the final round to hit as many home runs as they can. The clock starts with the release of the first pitch, and the round ends when the timer strikes zero. The player with the most home runs moves on to the next round.

Here are the eight participants in the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby:

  • Pete Alonso, Mets
  • Kyle Schwarber, Phillies
  • Corey Seager, Rangers
  • Juan Soto, Nationals
  • Ronald Acuña, Braves
  • Julio Rodriguez, Mariners
  • José Ramirez, Guardians
  • Albert Pujols, Cardinals

Before we look at the favorites for the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby check out our guide on World Series Betting, as well as the best sites for betting on MLB in 2022. 

2022 MLB Home Run Derby picks

To Win MLB Home Run DerbyBetOnlineBovadaXBetMyBookie
Pete Alonso+200+190+200+200
Kyle Schwarber+350+350+250+250
Juan Soto+600+600+600+600
Ronald Acuna Jr+650+650+600+600
Julio Rodriguez+900+850+900+900
Corey Seager+1000+1000+1000+1000
Jose Ramirez+1200+1200+1400+1400
Albert Pujols+1600+2000+2000+2000

Pete Alonso

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has won the past two Home Run Derby Titles. With that, he joins Ken Griffey Jr. and Yoenis Cespedes as the only player to win back-to-back HR Derby titles. No player has won three in a row and Griffey is the only three-time winner overall. At 27, Alonso has plenty of time to win a third title.

Alonso has racked up 131 home runs in the past two years in the Derby. Last year he set a record with 35 home runs in his first round appearance.

As of now, Alonso has 24 home runs this season.

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Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber will represent the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2022 Home Run Derby. This year marks his second appearance in the Derby. In 2018, Schwarber, who was with the Chicago Cubs at the time, made it to the Derby finals. That year, the outfielder connected for 55 homers, but finished in second spot to Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros.

Schwarber has 29 home runs on the 2022 MLB season.

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Juan Soto

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals made his first appearance in the MLB Home Run Derby in 2021. The No. 8 seeded player in last year’s Derby, Soto upset the No. 1 ranked Shohei Ohtani. Soto connected for a 520-foot homer during the 2021 Home Run Derby, which took place in Colorado and also saw Trevor Story, Alonso, Ohtani all connect for homers that went for 513 feet or more.

Soto has 20 home runs on the 2022 MLB season.

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Albert Pujols

It’s been seven years since Albert Pujols last took part in the MLB Home Run Derby, but with being the final year of his career, the league decided the time was right to get the 42-year-old back in the mix.

This year marks Pujols’ fifth appearance in the Derby. Only Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Prince Fielder, Barry Bonds and David Ortiz have appeared in as many Derbies as Pujols.

Pujols, who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, has six home runs on the 2022 MLB season.

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Our pick

Kyle Schwarber leads the National League in home runs this year and he is on pace to have a career year in hitting the longball for the Phillies. He’s the player to beat in the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby.

Pick: Kyle Schwarber to win the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby.

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