The 2022 MLB Home Run Derby was looking like a who's who in baseball among sluggers. Two time defending champion Pete Alonso is back going for his third straight. He's joined by Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., Kyle Schwarber and in a fun twist Albert Pujols. On Wednesday, another name was added to the competition but it's not one you would have thought of. Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez has accepted an invitation to join his fellow All-Stars swinging for the fences Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Rodriguez is having an outstanding rookie season for the Mariners. He is hitting .274 with 15 home runs, 50 runs scored, 44 RBI and 21 stolen bases with a few more games before the All-Star break. He joined Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in Mariners history to make an All-Star team age 21 or younger.

The emergence of their rookie, along with Ty France turning into a star, has helped Seattle surprise teams this year. Following their win Wednesday afternoon, they are now 46-42. Seattle is only one game behind the Boston Red Sox for the final wild card spot in the American League.

Despite the fact that he has shown he has legit major league power, Rodriguez will likely be a long shot to win this competition. So much of his value is that he does everything well, but not exceptional at any one thing outside of utilizing his speed.

There are still two more open slots remaining with five days before the Home Run Derby kicks off.