CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds is set to begin his first All Star campaign with the Home Run Derby tonight at 8 p.m. ET at Petco Park in San Diego, California, as he will face hometown hero candidate Wil Meyers of the Padres.
Duvall comes into the break with 23 homers, which is tied for second in the National League for total home runs with Rockies Nolan Arenado.
He also maintained a batting average of .249 and a slugging percentage of .551 in comparison to Meyers' 19 homers, tying him at 10th place with Washington National Bryce Harper and fellow home run derby participant Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.
"I like hitting homers," Duvall said at a press conference in San Diego. "I think it'll be fun. To be a part of it is pretty awesome, watching it as a kid, just getting an opportunity. So I'm excited."
Meyers notched a higher batting percentage than Duvall of .286, but a lower slugging percentage of .522.
Clearly the Reds outfielder has the upper hand as far as home runs on the season are concerned, however, Meyers said there won't be any trash talk between the contestants, at least on his end.
"We're just going to go out there and have some fun and see what happens," Meyers said.
If Duvall wins his first round he could potentially face former Red Todd Frazier in the semi-finals, that is if Frazier wins his respective first round against Gonzalez.
This is Frazier's third straight Home Run Derby and he doesn't see it as a jinx as some of his pundits asked with his multiple appearances.
"If anyone sees the way I swing it's pretty unorthodox to be honest," Frazier said. "The last round of BP in every game, what everyone is trying to do is basically hit one out of the park. You know your swing now if you are a professional. You got plenty of time to work it back in and get a good second half."