MiLB announces Home Run Derby hitters for All-Star game in Durham

nmccaskill@newsobserver.comJuly 8, 2014 

— Minor League Baseball released the names of the six sluggers Tuesday who will participate in Monday’s Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby in Durham.

Mike Hessman, Dan Johnson and Jesus Aguilar will represent the International League. Allan Dykstra, Mike Jacobs and Francisco Pena will represent the Pacific Coast League.

Hessman, 36, Toledo Mud Hens third baseman, set the IL all-time record for home runs after blasting his 259th on June 30. His IL home run total surpassed Ollie Carnegie’s, who set the record nearly 70 years ago at age 46.

Johnson, 34, the Buffalo Bisons first baseman, may have home-field advantage. He wonthe Derby in 2010 as a member of the Durham Bulls. As of Monday, he leads the IL with 17 home runs.

In his debut season at Class AAA baseball, Aguilar, 24, the Columbus Clippers first baseman, rounds out the IL sluggers. He is one of three Derby participants who have hit 12 home runs this seasons.

Dykstra, 27, is also in his Class AAA debut season. Last year’s Class AA Eastern League MVP and Mets Co-Minor League Player of the Year has hit 12 homers for the Las Vegas 51s this season.

Jacobs, 33, has a chance to bring the title back to Reno, where last year’s champion Matt Davidson won as a member of the Aces. Jacobs has 12 homers this season but has 100 at the major league level.

Omaha Storm Chasers catcher Pena, 24, is having a career year with his 15 home runs.

The star of the Derby, however, might be Durham’s trademark Snorting Bull, a sign made famous by the movie “Bull Durham.”

Each homer that hits the bull will give fans an opportunity to win steaks, among other prizes. If the bull is hit 15 times during the Derby, a fan will win $15,000.

The Derby is Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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