The 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami next week will feature a familiar face to Yellow Jackets fans as a former Tech slugger will take part.
This year’s derby will take place Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN prior to Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game.
Blackmon was a standout at Young Harris College before transferring to Georgia Tech, and was a member of the 2008 NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament Team as well as an All-ACC Second Team selection the same season.
A second round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft by Colorado, the former Jacket has been with the big league Rockies since the 2011 season.
The Suwanee, Georgia native came on strong as a home run hitter for last season, ending 2016 with 29, and is on pace to hit nearly 40 this year. Blackmon has 92 career homers and a lifetime batting average near .300 to this point.
Blackmon will face some stiff competition in the derby, facing Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Justin Bour, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Mike Moustakas, and Miguel Sano, facing Bellinger directly in a tournament seeding format.