It’s taken most of the first half of the season for Giancarlo Stanton to find a groove at the plate.
But his recent power display convinced Major League Baseball it couldn’t have a Home Run Derby without the Marlins’ powerful slugger.
Stanton was chosen Thursday as one of the eight players that will participate in the Home Run Derby Monday night in San Diego as part of this year’s All-Star game festivities.
Stanton just became the first player since Albert Pujols in 2006 to hit four home runs in as many at-bats during Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Mets at Citi Field.
This included his 200th career home run and a 470-foot blast that was estimated as the longest in the ballpark’s history.
Although Stanton is only hitting .231 this season after only recently working out of a terrible hitting slump, he has hit 19 home runs, which is tied for eighth in the National League.
Stanton, a three-time All-Star, competed in the 2014 Home Run Derby, but was unable to the other two times due to injury.
Stanton didn’t hesitate when asked earlier this week if he’d be willing to participate in this year’s contest.
"Yeah I would," Stanton said following Tuesday’s Mets game. "Unfortunately, I missed two I was supposed to be in. Now, I've got some catching up to do."
Stanton is the No. 5 seed in the Derby and will match up in the first round against Robinson Cano, who won it in 2011.
The competition moved to a head-to-head, single-elimination format last year.
The rest of the field consists of Mark Trumbo, Corey Seager, Todd Frazier, Carlos Gonzalez, Adam Duvall and Wil Myers.