Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey has been selected to the roster for the eighth annual College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb., on July 1
Pompey is one of six college baseball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m., Intersport announced Tuesday.
Pompey, who is from Toronto, Ontario, led the Southeastern Conference with a .410 batting average in league games, while also tallying the most hits and finishing in the top three in runs, on-base percentage and total bases. He ranks third on UK’s single-season hits list with 96 this year, third in runs with 70 and fifth in walks with 46.
The sophomore outfielder hit .361 with 28 extra-base hits and nine steals in 2017. Nine of his 10 home runs came in SEC play and he slugged .541 on the season. He was named First-Team All-SEC and earned All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game/Rawlings, while also being recognized as South All-Region First-Team by the ABCA.
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The annual College Home Run Derby showcases some of college baseball’s premier sluggers, all of whom have ranked among the nation’s home run leaders during the 2017 season. Former champions include current New York Yankees slugger and rookie of the year front-runner Aaron Judge who leads Major League Baseball in home runs with 23 (through 65 games played).
A complete list of participants will be released at a later date.