The field has been set for the home run derby preceding this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs.
The Eastern Division will be represented by two Bowling Green Hot Rods players, first baseman Casey Gillaspie and infielder/outfielder Jace Conrad, and Lake County Captains second baseman Claudio Bautista. Gillaspie currently leads the Midwest League with 15 home runs.
The Western Division will be represented by Beloit Snappers first baseman/designated hitter Sandber Pimentel, Quad Cities River Bandits catcher/first baseman Jacob Nottingham, and Burlington Bees second baseman Andrew Daniel.
The home run derby will begin at 5:30 p.m. Here is a description of how the “backwards” event will work, from the Chiefs’ press release:
The Home Run Derby will consist of two rounds. In round one, each player will get eight outs. (An out is any swing resulting in a non-home run). The top two players will advance to the finals. In the finals, both players will get five outs.
The Dozer Park field for the Home Run Derby will be flipped! Batters will hit from center field, with home runs traveling into the seating bowl to give more fans the chance to catch home run balls. The two main light poles in the berms will be used as the new “foul poles” and a batted ball does not need to clear the screen behind the traditional home plate, just hit the screen. The screen is 447 feet from where the players will hit while the new foul poles are 293 feet away. The power gaps to the dugouts measure as 362-374 feet home runs.
The All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. You can find the updated rosters for both teams here.