SAN DIEGO -- Reds outfielder Adam Duvall showed off his prodigious power in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but a former Cincinnati slugger got the best of him in the end.Duvall put together a solid showing in the semifinals, crushing 15 homers. But White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, who
SAN DIEGO -- Reds outfielder Adam Duvall showed off his prodigious power in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but a former Cincinnati slugger got the best of him in the end.
Duvall put together a solid showing in the semifinals, crushing 15 homers. But White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, who won last year's Derby at Great American Ball Park, slugged 16 with nearly a minute still remaining on the clock to eliminate Duvall.
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Duvall said he had a feeling before the Derby began that the bracket would pit him against Frazier. But his former teammate wasn't going to pass along any helpful pointers.
"He kept it all to himself," Duvall said, smiling. "He's not a rookie at this."
Duvall, who was a Derby rookie, outslugged Padres first baseman Wil Myers, the hometown favorite, in the first round. He quickly launched 11 homers after Myers had ripped 10 over the fences at Petco Park. That sent Duvall to the second round, where he fell to Frazier, who played for the Reds from 2011-15.
"That was cool. I like Frazier," Duvall said. "We were just having fun with it. It was good."
How did Frazier feel about the matchup?
"I wasn't letting him beat me. That was one thing I'm very confident in saying. Nothing against him," Frazier said. "But he put up a lot of home runs as well."
Frazier advanced to the finals against Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who went on to win with a 20-homer round. Stanton spent the evening crushing deep homers, getting a 30-second bonus for hitting two balls that sailed farther than 440 feet.
"I didn't hit one over 440. He hit most of his over 440," Duvall said. "That's just unreal, man. The power that he has is unreal.
"Anything that has to do with hitting the ball far is made for him. It was impressive to watch, man. I had a blast watching him."
Duvall took his hacks off Tony Padilla, his invited guest and designated pitcher. Padilla threw batting practice for Triple-A Sacramento, where Duvall spent 100 games in the Giants' system last season, and pitches to a number of local high school players as well.
This wasn't Padilla's first trip to the national stage, either. He is also a college basketball referee, having officiated a Final Four game in Houston earlier this year.
"He did an amazing job, as I knew he would," Duvall said. "I hit off him a lot in the past. I had a blast, and I'm sure he did, too."
Playing in his first full Major League season, Duvall entered the break with 23 homers, tied for fourth-most in the Majors behind Mark Trumbo, Kris Bryant and Frazier.
By the time Duvall reached the National League clubhouse following a mostly successful Derby debut, he was already anticipating his encore.
"It was awesome," Duvall said. "I think I had a lot of fun with it. I look forward to hopefully getting an opportunity to do it again. That would be fun."
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com.