BOSTON—Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Cape Cod League’s all-star festivities are about to get rolling with the home run derby. It’s foggy and a bit chilly, and it’s been drizzling lightly on and off all afternoon, but I’m hopeful we can, in get the derby and the game (which starts at 7) before it starts raining significantly.
For the record, I’m taking Brett Eibner (Arkansas) in the home run derby—I want a righthanded hitter with power, and Eibner fits the bill. One scouting director I spoke with agrees with me, but two coaches I chatted with before the game like Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia), who is not oversized by has very quick wrists. I don’t see a lefty like Hunter Morris (Auburn) or Kevin Patterson (Auburn) faring particularly well here unless they can get in a groove to the opposite field. Then again, I believe the lefthanded-hitting Ken Griffey Jr. won the home run derby here at Fenway in 1999, so you never know.
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