Georgia Tech Baseball: Former Jacket Blackmon in 2017 HR Derby

DENVER, CO - JUNE 22: Charlie Blackmon
DENVER, CO - JUNE 22: Charlie Blackmon /

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.

Former Georgia Tech standout Charlie Blackmon, who has 18 homers for the Colorado Rockies, will represent his team in the Home Run Derby.

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 StantonGary Sanchez,  Justin BourAaron JudgeCody BellingerMike Moustakas, and Miguel Sano, facing Bellinger directly in a tournament seeding format.