Bryce Harper Will Battle NL East Foe In Home Run Derby

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Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers through Tuesday’s games. Freeman, the top NL vote-getter for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, is the seventh seed with 16 homers.

“It should be fun. I’m hoping the fans are excited for him and he gets nervous and gets a zero,” Freeman said. “But we’ll see what happens.”

The field was revealed Wednesday night.

Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar faces Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins in the opening round. Dodgers infielder Max Muncy meets Cubs infielder Javier Baez, and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman faces Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.

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