The 2018 Home Run Derby was, unfortunately, a coming out party for the Washington Nationals as they hosted, produced the winner, and showed rival Freddie Freeman the door early on. Freeman faced eventual winner Bryce Harper in the first round of action, and was dispatched quickly as he homered 12 times, which Harper bested with time to spare. Harper would then defeat Max Muncy and Kyle Schwarber in route to his second Derby title. This may not be the title Washington deserves (they deserve no titles), but it’s the one they need right now (since they cannot win a single playoff series). Congrats to Bryce Harper (future Brave) on a truly impressive performance on Monday night.
With the first-half coming to a close on Sunday, the Talking Chop prospect team will now unveil its mid-season Top Prospects list, beginning with the first installment being released on Monday. Take a look at the first six players and continue to follow along this week as the remainder of the list is revealed.
Brad Rowland and Eric Cole take a look at where the Braves stand, how Ender Inciarte is faring, and all things All-Star related in this week’s Talking Chop Podcast.
Being a fan of a particular team often makes it difficult to contextualize the greatness of players on that team, but in the case of Freddie Freeman there is no debating his standing among his peers. Brave or not, Freeman is among the elite players in Major League Baseball, as evidenced by this piece of trivia:
Freeman enters the All-Star break with a .315/.405/.533 slash line, his third straight season in the .300/.400/.500 club. Freeman and Trout are the only qualified hitters in baseball with a batting average of at least .300, on-base percentage of at least .400 and slugging percentage of at least .500 in each of the past three seasons.