Former college baseball players who have won the MLB Home Run Derby
Three participants in the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby will get a shot at joining the short list of former college baseball players to have won the professional event.
Only 10 collegiate stars have gone on to take first place in the Derby since the All-Star weekend event was introduced in 1985. The last to do so was Rutgers product Todd Frazier, who won the 2015 event at Great American Ball Park as a member of the hometown Cincinnati Reds.
Before Aaron Judge (Fresno State), Charlie Blackmon (Georgia Tech) and Justin Bour (George Mason) take their swings in Monday night's Home Run Derby at Marlins Park in Miami, take a look back at the complete list of former college baseball players to lift the trophy:
|YEAR||PLAYER||MLB TEAM||COLLEGE||CAREER MLB HRS||CAREER NCAA HRS|
|1986||Wally Joyner *||California Angels||BYU (1981-83)||204||43|
|1987||Andre Dawson||Chicago Cubs||Florida A&M (1973-75)||438||Stats N/A|
|1992||Mark McGwire||Oakland Athletics||USC (1982-84)||583||53|
|1995||Frank Thomas||Chicago White Sox||Auburn (1987-89)||521||49|
|1996||Barry Bonds||San Francisco Giants||Arizona State (1983-85)||762||45|
|1997||Tino Martinez||New York Yankees||Tampa (1986-88)||339||54|
|2001||Luis Gonzalez||Arizona Diamondbacks||South Alabama (1987-88)||354||23|
|2002||Jason Giambi||New York Yankees||Long Beach State (1990-92)||440||1992 stats N/A|
|2006||Ryan Howard||Philadelphia Phillies||Missouri State (1998-01)||382**||50|
|2015||Todd Frazier||Cincinnati Reds||Rutgers (2005-07)||164**||42|
- *Denotes that player was a co-winner
- ** Denotes active total
That's 10 different winners spread out across nine different conferences and two divisions — Dawson played for Florida A&M back when the Rattlers played in Division II. The only conference with more than one representative is the Pac-12 (McGwire, Bonds).
As for the three former college stars in this year's eight-player Home Run Derby field, here are their career numbers:
|PLAYER||MLB TEAM||COLLEGE||CAREER MLB HRS||CAREER NCAA HRS|
|Aaron Judge||New York Yankees||Fresno State (2011-13)||34 (two seasons)||18|
|Charlie Blackmon||Colorado Rockies||Georgia Tech (2007-08)||94 (seven seasons)||8|
|Justin Bour||Miami Marlins||George Mason (2007-09)||59 (four seasons)||46|
Judge, the Yankees' rookie slugger, leads the majors with 30 home runs and has the top four exit velocities on batted balls this year. He's no stranger to Home Run Derbys. Back in his second year at Fresno State, he won the 2012 College Home Run Derby.
Blackmon spent his first two seasons of college baseball at junior college Young Harris before transferring to Georgia Tech for his final two years. He hit .396 with eight home runs in 2008 and was subsequently a second round pick by Colorado. He has 20 home runs at this year's All-Star break, one season after hitting a career-high 29 in 2016.
Bour mashed double-digit home runs in each of his three seasons at George Mason, including 17 home runs in his junior season. Now in his fourth season in the majors, the first baseman has broken out with a .289 batting average and 20 home runs. He joins teammate Giancarlo Stanton in representing this year's All-Star festivities host Miami Marlins in the Derby.
The 2017 MLB Home Run Derby begins at 8 p.m. ET Monday night. Judge is the No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed Bour in the first round. Blackmon is the No. 6 seed and matches up with Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger to open up the competition.