For the season, Judge is hitting.329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs with a 1.139 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
Batters will have four minutes per round, with the clock starting with the release of the first pitch.
During their short exchange, Posey responded to Judge's flattery by passing along a compliment. He might be exactly what baseball needs.
The New York Yankees outfield already had much work to put in, after his first round matchup Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins knocked 22 home runs out of the park. It was an excellent first round for Bour, as he caught fire after the timeout. Sano hit 10 home runs, but Judge hit 11 homers with two minutes remaining. Could Judge keep pace with his worthy first-round adversary?
In Tuesday night's game, he's set to bat third for the American League. Judge went next and required extra time to hit the two home runs needed to beat out Bour. If they hit one ball 440 feet or more, they earn a 30 second bonus. Next came Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and in the finals, Minnesota Twins superstar Miguel Sano. Sano ran out of gas in the final round though by hitting just 10 home runs.
Judge will be the top contender to unseat Stanton as the MLB Home Run Derby champion in 2017. Moustakas' 10 homers were the most by a Royal in the event's history. Moustakas has 25 long balls as well, while Sano has 21 for the year. He was expected to hit an abundance of moonshots and he didn't disappoint.
Stanton could have been the third player ever to defend his derby crown but came up unsuccessful. Judge accomplished that feat by hitting the second-most homers ever in a derby, launching 47 compared to Stanton's record of 61 past year in San Diego.
Manfred said the Home Run Derby is different for players than the day to day of the season. Fans of all baseball teams, even those without representatives in the derby, should make sure to tune in to ESPN to catch all of the coverage.