The second-seeded Judge had to hit an event-best 23 homers to beat Miami's Justin Bour in the opening round.
The Royals slugger may have suffered an early exit from the Derby, but not before he pulled a 442-foot blast into the upper-level seats at Marlins Park.
Judge advanced out of the first round to face fellow rookie Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the semifinals. Stanton is close with 26, which is tied with Reds first baseman Joey Votto in the National League.
Judge will be the top contender to unseat Stanton as the MLB Home Run Derby champion in 2017.
To keep things fresh, Major League Baseball has changed the format for the Home Run Derby a few times over the years.
Finals I pick Sano to edge out Judge making Sano the champ. He showed his versatility as a batter, hitting deep home runs opposite field and using his sheer superhuman power to knock balls out that he clearly didn't square up. That was no match for Judge, who will be the clear favorite in next year's derby. Judge accomplished that feat by hitting the second-most homers ever in a derby, launching 47 compared to Stanton's record of 61 a year ago in San Diego. He's played just 70 games before the All-Star break, hitting a homer once every 10.28 at-bats.
He certainly lived up to the hype that grew up around him on the way to a Yankees record 30 homers in the first half of the regular season.
He originally thought he had won on his previous swing, but umpires nullified his apparent home run because it hit the roof.
He also gave props to Home Run Derby champion Aaron Judge. Giancarlo Stanton will have home field advantage in Miami as he looks to become the third player ever to win back-to-back titles. Sano got a little exhausted in the finals, mustering only 10 balls over the fence.
That thing goes off when the Marlins hit home runs.
"I was a little nervous going into it", Judge said. Stanton has the clear edge there - not to mention hitting in his home park. He had 15 when his 30-second bonus road started but added just one more. I was left breathless watching the Yankees' rookie bomber step into a spot where many a prematurely anointed star have failed and effortlessly rise to the occasion.