Juan Soto crowned 2022 Home Run Derby champion

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto bested Seattle's Julio Rodríguez in the final of the 2022 Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles 19-18.

The Washington Nationals outfielder filled Dodger Stadium with home runs throughout Monday night as he beat Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodríguez to win the 2022 Home Run Derby

In the final round, which is shortened to a two-minute opening round instead of the usual three, Rodríguez launched 14 homers and added four in his bonus round to make it 18

After a slow start, Soto popped off towards the end of his round to hit 15, and eventually eclipsed Rodríguez’s output during his bonus time to win

Rodríguez, 21, had broken out in the first two rounds after tallying 32 homers in the quarters and 30 in the semis

Unfortunately, his score in the final round wasn’t enough to top the 23-year-old Soto, who has recently become a hot trade target in the league after turning down a massive extension with the Nationals 

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