West Bloomfield shortstop Dazon Cole will participate in Thursday's competition. (Todd McInturf / Detroit News)
Detroit — Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby for the second straight year Monday night in Minneapolis.
The local version of the event — the Muscle Milk Heavy Hitters Home Run Derby — will feature some of the top high school players in the state at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wayne State. Admission is free.
West Bloomfield shortstop Dazon Cole and Rockford shortstop Kory Young are among the top players in the competition.
The 12 participants will get some tips from one of this year’s All-Stars — Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler — before the competition, which allows each player 10 outs to hit as many home runs as he can.
The top two advance to the championship round.
“Kinsler is an integral part of the Muscle Milk athlete team, and we’re excited that we can work together to provide such a unique training experience to these local heavy hitters,” said Chris Kildow, director of sports marketing for CytoSport, parent company for Muscle Milk.
The other participants are: Birmingham Brother Rice’s Ty Kiafoulis and Randy Righter, Sterling Heights Stevenson’s Zach McGuire and Brandon Williams, Walled Lake Northern’s Brennan Williams, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Will Salter, Warren DeLaSalle’s Hosea Nelson, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Luke Shilling, Muskegon Catholic Central’s Jacob Holt and Holland Christian’s Michael Mokma.