Todd Frazier, Reds third baseman, will compete in All-Star Home Run Derby

Leads the team with 18 homers

CINCINNATI – Third baseman Todd Frazier will be the first Red to compete in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey Jr. in 2000.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Frazier, who leads the Reds with 18 homers. "Hopefully, I don't put a goose egg up there. Hopefully, I can represent a little bit."

The Gillette Home Run Derby takes place at Target Field in Minneapolis on Monday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) - the day before the All-Star Game.

Frazier, tied for third in the NL and tied for 15th in the majors, may not have a national reputation as a slugger, but half of his homers have carried 400 feet or more.

Frazier picked his oldest brother, Charlie, to pitch to him.

VIDEO: Watch an interview with Frazier in the player below.

"My brother throws to me back at home all the time," said Frazier, who was named to his first All-Star team last week. "I think that would be pretty cool having your brother throwing with you. Hopefully, he doesn't fizzle up either."

Frazier will be the eighth Red to participate in the Home Run Derby since it started in 1985. The others were Reggie Sanders and Ron Gant (1995), Paul O'Neill and Chris Sabo (1991), Eric Davis (1989) and Dave Parker (1985-86).

Parker won the first event in '85; Davis was co-winner in '89. Griffey was picked in 2004 but was injured and did not compete.

The five-member Home Run Derby teams were picked by the team captains, Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (21 homers) for the NL and Toronto's Jose Bautista (17) for the AL.

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Also competing for the NL will be Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, the league leader with 21 homers; Colorado's Justin Morneau (13) and LA Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (12). Morneau, who played 11 seasons in Minnesota, won the 2008 Home Run Derby.

The AL will also have Oakland teammates Josh Donaldson (20) and Yoenis Cespedes (14), Baltimore's Adam Jones (16) and Minnesota's Brian Dozier (16). Cespedes won last year's Home Run Derby.

Seven of the top 10 home run hitters, including the top four - Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (29), Baltimore's Nelson Cruz (28), Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion (26) and LA Angels' Mike Trout (22) - reportedly declined invitations.

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Some players say it messes up their swing, but Frazier said that doesn't worry him.

"No, not at all. You get asked to do something like this ... I wasn't even thinking about my swing. Not at all," Frazier said. "I can come back the next day when we go to New York (for a series with the Yankees) and hit for hours and get it back in case that happens."

Target Field, which opened in 2010, is one of the toughest places to hit a home run, especially for left-handed hitters. The reason is wind conditions, according to a 2012 study for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Except for Morneau, all of the Home Run Derby competitors hit right-handed.

A total of 70 home runs have been hit in 43 games at Target Field this year. That makes it 19th in home runs per game (1.63) among the 30 major-league parks.

The outfield wall is 8 feet high from the left-field line to right center, but it grows to 23 feet from right center to the right-field line.

The distances are 339 feet down the left field line, 377 in left-center, 404 in center, 367 in right-center and 328 down the right-field line.

Four other Reds were named to the NL All-Star team - pitchers Johnny Cueto, Alfredo Simon and Aroldis Chapman and catcher Devin Mesoraco. It will be the third trip for Chapman and the first for Cueto, Simon and Mesoraco.

Simon was added to the roster Sunday in Cueto's place. Cueto pitched for the Reds Sunday, making him unavailable to pitch in the All-Star Game, but the Reds said he would attend.

Frazier, Cueto and Chapman were voted in by the players. Mesoraco was chosen by NL manager Mike Matheny.

WCPO's Mark Slaughter contributed the video for this report.

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