San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. announced on Friday afternoon he wouldn’t partake in big league Baseball’s 2021 Home Run Derby. Hours later, he placed on a private home run derby against the Arizona Diamondbacks to tie for the MLB lead in home runs. Tatis, who entered Friday ranked third within the majors in home runs (22), delivered Nos. 23, 24, and 25 over the course of the primary four innings. To recap (all of those numbers are courtesy of Statcast): His first home run, a solo shot within the first inning that put the Padres up 2-0, traveled 111.9 mph off the bat and carried 400 feet.
Home run No. 2, another solo shot that gave San Diego a 5-3 lead within the second) left the bat at 98.5 mph and had an estimated distance of 373 feet. The score was completed on a two-run shot within the fourth: a 415-foot blast that sped away at 109.2 mph. The Padres went up 8-5. Tatis came into play against the Diamondbacks hitting .281/.365/.657 (186 OPS+) with 15 stolen bases on 17 attempts. consistent with Baseball Reference’s calculations, he’d been worth 3.3 Wins Above Replacement — that despite appearing in just 58 of the Padres’ 77 games.
The reason for Tatis’ absence, a shoulder injury that has caused him to be faraway from three games dating back to preseason , served together a part of his explanation for foregoing the house Run Derby. He also cited his desire to compete against Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who entered the night leading the majors in home runs. Guerrero recently withdrew his name from consideration for this year’s edition of the house Run Derby, noting his desire to reset mentally before the season’s last half . The 2021 Home Run Derby is scheduled for Monday, July 12. It’ll happen at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.