Kentucky’s T.J. Collett is one of six college baseball players selected to compete in the 10th annual Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Saturday, June 29th.
In his three seasons at Kentucky, Collett has clobbered 21 home runs, including 10 in each of the past two seasons all while averaging a home run in every 15 at-bats.
Collett selected his father, John, to be his pitcher in the derby.
“I’m honored to be selected to participate in this event,” Collett said. “This is a dream come true for me. Ever since I first started playing the game, I’ve wanted to compete in a home run derby and to do so while representing the University of Kentucky is a blessing. To share this with my dad, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The Rocket Mortgage College Home Run Derby includes three rounds of play: The first round, of course, will include all six contestants. The top four scores will advance to round two, then the top two scored from round two will advance to a 0ne on one contest to take home the trophy.
Contestants in each round will have a timed period of four minutes to hit as many home runs as they can. Once the timed period concludes, contestants will have one final opportunity to hit a home run with the “Bonus Ball.” If successful, two additional home runs will be added to the contestant’s total score.
The event will take place on June 29th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.