Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals prepares for a pitch during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on July 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 14-12. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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MLB Announces Field of Sluggers for 2018 Home Run Derby

Bryce Harper, Alex Bregman, and Freddie Freeman lead the hitting showcase.

There’s some debate on whether Bryce Harper should be an All-Star, but there’s no one disputing that the Washington Nationals outfielder (and his 22 dingers) belongs in the 2018 Home Run Derby.

And, since the game is in D.C. this year and Harper has home-field advantage, he has secured one of the top seeds in the Derby, but not No. 1 overall. That honor goes to Jesús Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers. (Harper is the second seed.)

The rest of the field is as follows:

• No. 3 – Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
• No. 4 – Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
• No. 5 – Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
• No. 6 – Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs
• No. 7 – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
• No. 8 – Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies

According to the format of the contest, the No. 1 seed will face No. 8, No. 2 takes on No. 7 and so on. Other than Harper, all of the players listed above are first-time entrants to the Derby.

Schwarber, Hoskins and Muncy are competing despite not being on the National League’s All-Star roster.

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