Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez will compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium on Monday, he announced on social media on Wednesday.
Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez has also accepted an invitation to attend the event, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Rodriguez will be the 14th rookie to participate, and only two of them have won: Pete Alonso of the New York Mets in 2019 and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees in 2017.
Alonso is the two-time defending champion. Others to have appeared in this year’s derby are Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.
There is still one place to be filled for the group of eight players.
Rodriguez, 21, leads major league rookies with 15 home runs coming in Wednesday and is third with a .477 hitting percentage. That’s after going homeless in his first 20 games and recording his first career homer on May 1.
He is the seventh player in Mariners club history to compete in the Home Run Derby and the first since Robinson Cano in 2016. Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is the only Mariners player to have won (three times: 1994 , 1998 and 1999).
Rodriguez, who is hitting .274 with 44 RBI, 50 runs and 21 stolen bases, was announced as an American League All-Star on Sunday.
He missed the opener of the day-night doubleheader in Washington on Wednesday while serving his one-game suspension for his involvement in a fight with the Los Angeles Angels on June 26. He is in training for the second game.
Ramirez, 29, a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, has 17 homers this season on Wednesday and will make his fourth All-Star Game appearance next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.