Hessman, Johnson To Miss Triple-A Home Run Derby, Game

International League home run king Mike Hessman and 2010 Triple-A Home Run Derby champ Dan Johnson, two of the more celebrated expected participants in the 2014 Triple-A Home Run Derby in Durham, will miss the contest and the game itself.

Hessman, who hit his 259th career home run in the IL on June 30 to break the record held by Buffalo’s Ollie Carnegie, has a knee injury and will miss the game, the Bulls announced Monday. Johnson, meanwhile, was called up to the majors by Buffalo’s parent team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hessman and Johnson were replaced on the IL team by Durham’s Mikie Mahtook and Indianapolis’ Matt Hague. The other IL participant is Jesus Aguilar, the Indians’ prospect currently at Columbus.

The Pacific Coast League participants are Las Vegas first baseman Allan Dykstra, who has 12 home runs so far in his first season in Triple-A. Reno’s Mike Jacobs, a former major leaguer, will also participate as well as Francisco Pena of the Omaha Storm Chasers, who has hit a career-high 15 home runs this season.

x-denotes injured player; y-denotes call-up; z-replacement

International League Participants Age 2014 HR
Career High Career to Date
Jesus Aguilar, Columbus 24 12 23 (2011) 84
Mike Hessman, Toledo-x 36 15 39 (2008) 418
Dan Johnson, Buffalo-y 34 17 37 (2010) 294
Mikie Mahtook, Durham-z 24 8 8 (2014) 24
Matt Hague, Indianapolis-z 28 13 15 (2010) 66
Pacific Coast League Participants Age 2014 HR
Career High Career to Date
Allan Dykstra, Las Vegas 27 12 21 (2013) 87
Mike Jacobs, Reno 33 12 36 (2005) 263
Francisco Pena, Omaha 24 18 18 (2014) 58