Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber nearly wins it all
Schwarber found himself on the opposite side of the bracket from Báez to begin the night. He faced off against Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman. Needless to say, the matchup did not disappoint.
Schwarber showed off his manpower by mashing many home runs which traveled at least 440 feet and beyond, including one which went 450 feet, into the third deck at Nationals Park. Below is an interactive graphic which displays all of Schwarber’s blasts. In his first round matchup, Schwarber also became the guy to hit the hardest ball, traveling at 115 miles per hour, according to Statcast.
In his second-round matchup, Schwarber turned it up and went bonkers. Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins led off the round with 20 dingers of his own. Schwarber, who struggled out of the gate, needlessly tried to play catchup. Thankfully, he did that and then some.
Schwarber walked it off, before resorting to his thirty-second round bonus, hammering a 425-foot bomb wrapping just inside the foul pole, his fifth home run in a matter of half a minute. Excitingly, Schwarber found himself into the finals.
Taking on the hometown hero
The finals pitted Schwarber against hometown hero Bryce Harper. How apropos it was to see Harper in the finals, as his dad pitched to him. After tirelessly mashing home runs all evening, Schwarber put up a big total of eighteen in the finals, beginning with a 453-foot upper deck shot. He earned another bonus after hitting seven more 440-foot home runs, allowing him to reach his number.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, however, as Harper walked it off in his own dramatic fashion. When it was all said and done, Schwarber finished his night with the highest home run total of the entire derby, swatting 55 total big flies across the three rounds.