Royals Bonifacio to participate in AFL Bowman Hitting Challenge

On Saturday, the Arizona Fall League will be hosting its first annual Bowman Hitting Challenge. A player from each organization will have two minutes to hit live pitching. Each hitter will receive points from 100-500 for hitting such targets as oversized trading cards, a person jumping on a trampoline, and a moving human sphere. Each player’s final swing will come off a tee and be worth double points.

The Hitting Challenge begins at 6:35pm MT at Salt River Fields.

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio will be representing the KC Royals.

Seven of MLB.com’s top 100 prospects will be taking part in the event. Via MLB.com, here is the list of the 30 participants:

Jake Lamb (D-backs)
Robby Hefflinger (Braves)
Jonathan Schoop (Orioles)
Garin Cecchini (Red Sox)
Albert Almora (Cubs)
Marcus Semien (White Sox)
Travis Mattair (Reds)
Tyler Naquin (Indians)
Kyle Parker (Rockies)
Tyler Collins (Tigers)
Japhet Amador (Astros)
Jorge Bonifacio (Royals)
CJ Cron (Angels)
Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Colin Moran (Marlins)
Mitch Haniger (Brewers)
Byron Buxton (Twins)
Cory Vaughn (Mets)
Pete O’Brien (Yankees)
Addison Russell (A’s)
Aaron Altherr (Phillies)
Alex Dickerson (Pirates)
Tommy Medica (Padres)
Stefen Romero (Mariners)
Angel Villalona (Giants)
Stephen Piscotty (Cardinals)
Richie Shaffer (Rays)
Ryan Rua (Rangers)
Kenny Wilson (Blue Jays)
Steven Souza (Nationals)

I attended the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game HR Derby in Reading and this hitting challenge sounds familiar. Via the Reading Eagle, here is video of that event:

Or you can watch the Reading GM explain how their HR Derby worked, with all of the targets that accumulated more points than a home run:

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