Soto vs. J-Ram: Tale of the Tape for '22 Derby

July 18th, 2022

Baseball’s biggest sluggers will battle it out at Dodger Stadium on Monday in the annual T-Mobile Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). Here’s a breakdown of the first-round matchup between No. 4 seed Juan Soto and No. 5 seed José Ramírez. (Seeding is based on 2022 home run totals through July 12.)


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Juan Soto, Nationals
Born: Oct. 25, 1998 (Age 23)
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Signed: July 2, 2015 (Nationals)
Debuted: May 20, 2018 (Nationals)
Bats: Left
Jersey number: 22

José Ramírez, Guardians
Born: Sept. 17, 1992 (Age 29)
Birthplace: Bani, Dominican Republic
Signed: Nov. 26, 2009 (Indians)
Debuted: Sept. 1, 2013
Bats: Switch
Jersey number: 11


Soto (19 HR): Soto’s still found a way to mash even in a "down" year. While he’s only batting .250, Soto’s hit 19 home runs, the sixth-highest total among outfielders. Soto’s been on a tear recently, as he’s batting .425 with five homers and 10 RBIs in July.

Ramírez (19 HR): There’s a reason Ramírez leads the American League with 75 RBIs. The newly extended Guardian has 19 long balls despite only having six home runs since June 1st.


Soto (117 HR): It’s hard to believe Soto is only 23 years old. The "Childish Bambino" is on pace to surpass his season high of 34 home runs from 2019.

Ramírez (182 HR): In Ramírez’s first four seasons in the bigs, he hit 19 home runs in 1,129 at-bats. In 2017, he hit 29 homers in 585 at-bats, setting off what has now been a five-plus-year power surge. He’s slugged 163 home runs since 2017 -- tied for the eighth-highest total in baseball with Giancarlo Stanton.


Soto (2nd appearance): Soto made his presence known in his debut last year, smashing 46 homers, one of which traveled a Derby-record 520 feet. Soto defeated AL MVP Shohei Ohtani in the first round.

Ramírez (1st appearance): This will be first time in the Derby for Ramírez, who has been invited in the past but could never make it work. He still has yet to decide which side of the plate he’ll hit from.


Soto: His moonshot last year deserves more recognition. His skyscraping shot ended up in the second deck of Coors Field. We still can’t believe it happened.

Ramírez: Just because Ramírez doesn’t have a home run that’s gone more than 450 feet doesn’t mean he's lacking in power. He set a career high with 21 "no-doubter" home runs last year, with his farthest traveling 429 feet.