Harrison selected to compete in Frontier League Home Run Derby

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Evansville Otters will have a player competing in the Frontier League Home Run Derby presented by St. Charles Automotive on Tuesday, July 10, in O'Fallon, Mo.

The derby starts at 7 p.m. at CarShield Field.

Outfielder Travis Harrison will be one of eight Frontier League players competing against former St. Louis Cardinals Mark Whiten, Ray Lankford and Rick Ankiel. Jim Edmonds was also scheduled to compete, but is unable to because of ongoing issues following shoulder surgery.

Harrison, a Tustin, Calif. native, was drafted in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins organization out of Tustin High School.

In six seasons with the Twins, Harrison batted .245 with 38 home runs and 277 RBIs. He appeared in 636 games, splitting time between Elizabethton, Cedar Rapids, Fort Myers and Chattanooga from 2012-17.

Harrison enters the derby with four home runs on the season to go along with a .394 slugging percentage. While playing for Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League in 2013, Harrison hit a career-high 15 home runs that season.

Frontier League players have the potential to compete in four rounds with the top four hitters in the first round advancing to the second. From there, the top two hitters will advance to third round with the top home run total advancing to the finals to compete as the Frontier League's representative.

The three former Cardinals players will compete in three rounds. The top home run hitter remaining after the second round will advance to the finals and take on the winner from the Frontier League.

Last year, Evansville's Jeff Gardner won the 2017 Frontier League Home Run Derby presented by MK Orthopedics with 14 home runs in the final round.

Gardner finished with 41 total homers over three rounds. He had 13 home runs in the first round, the highest total among the 12 competitors in the event. In the second round, he hit 14 more to pace the group of six batters.

Evansvilleotters.com will have coverage of All-Star festivities in O'Fallon, Mo. so check back for updates throughout the week.

The Otters will begin the second half home schedule with a series against the Lake Erie Crushers July 17-19. Tuesday, July 17, will be a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. to make up a postponed game from July 5 at Lake Erie.

Courtesy: Evansville Otters