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Melvin Upton Jr.

31-Year-Old Outfielder – Toronto Blue Jays

2016 Stats

AVG

.255

HR

16

RBI

45

R

47

SB

20

2016 Preseason Projections

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The Braves found that the only way they could get out from under Upton's disastrous contract was to attach him to elite closer Craig Kimbrel in a trade, and they did just that prior to Opening Day. A ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 185   DOB: 8/21/1984   BORN: Norfolk, VA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Melvin Upton Jr. Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Braves in November of 2012.

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Upton will man left field and hit cleanup Wednesday in his first start as a Blue Jay, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

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Melvin Upton Jr. Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 19 AA MON 29 120 104 21 34 10 7 1 2 15 2 0 14 28 2 0 0 .327 .407 .471 .878
2004 19 AAA DUR 69 313 264 65 82 30 17 1 12 36 17 5 42 72 4 0 3 .311 .411 .519 .930
2005 20 AAA DUR 140 641 554 98 169 62 37 7 18 76 44 12 78 130 2 3 4 .305 .393 .495 .888
2006 21 AAA DUR 106 470 398 72 107 30 18 4 8 41 46 17 65 89 0 3 4 .269 .374 .394 .768
2006 21 MAJ TAM 50 189 175 20 43 6 5 0 1 10 11 3 13 40 0 0 1 .246 .302 .291 .593
2007 22 A VER 7 22 17 4 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 .235 .375 .412 .787
2007 22 AAA DUR 2 7 7 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .429 .429 .857 1.286
2007 22 MAJ TAM 129 548 474 86 142 50 25 1 24 82 22 8 65 154 1 4 4 .300 .386 .508 .894
2008 23 MAJ TAM 145 640 531 85 145 48 37 2 9 67 44 16 97 134 3 7 2 .273 .383 .401 .784
2009 24 A CHA 3 13 9 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 3 4 2 0 0 0 .444 .643 .444 1.087
2009 24 MAJ TAM 144 626 560 79 135 48 33 4 11 55 42 14 57 152 3 3 3 .241 .313 .373 .686
2010 25 MAJ TAM 154 610 536 89 127 60 38 4 18 62 42 9 67 164 1 4 2 .237 .322 .424 .745
2011 26 MAJ TB 153 640 560 82 136 54 27 4 23 81 36 12 71 161 2 3 4 .243 .331 .429 .760
2012 27 A+ CHA 4 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .091 .167 .091 .258
2012 27 AA MON 3 11 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .200 .273 .200 .473
2012 27 MAJ TB 146 631 573 79 141 60 29 3 28 78 31 6 45 169 4 8 1 .246 .298 .454 .752
2013 28 AAA GWI 3 12 12 3 4 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 .333 .333 .583 .916
2013 28 MAJ ATL 126 445 391 30 72 23 14 0 9 26 12 5 44 151 1 6 3 .184 .268 .289 .557
2014 29 MAJ ATL 141 582 519 67 108 36 19 5 12 35 20 7 57 173 3 2 1 .208 .287 .333 .620
2015 30 AAA EL 13 54 50 10 14 3 2 0 1 6 4 0 4 12 0 0 0 .280 .333 .380 .713
2015 30 MAJ SD 87 228 205 23 53 21 12 4 5 17 9 3 21 62 2 0 0 .259 .327 .429 .756
2016 31 MAJ SD 92 373 344 46 88 29 11 2 16 45 20 5 23 106 1 3 2 .256 .304 .439 .743
2016 31 MAJ TOR 2 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
2016  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ SD/TOR 94 378 349 47 89 29 11 2 16 45 20 5 23 107 1 3 2 .255 .302 .436 .738
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3-Year Averages     118 416 371 40 77 26 15 3 8 26 13 5 40 128 2 2 1 .208 .285 .329 .614
Career  (View All)     1414 5,694 5,032 706 1,232 449 258 31 160 570 293 89 575 1,513 22 41 24 .245 .323 .404 .727

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Melvin Upton Jr. Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jul. 27 SD 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
Jul. 26 SD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jul. 25 SD Did not play.
Jul. 24 Sea Did not play.
Jul. 23 Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .304 .439 .743
Jul. 22 Sea 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .307 .444 .751
Jul. 20 @Ari Did not play.
Jul. 19 @Ari Did not play.
Jul. 17 @Oak Did not play.
Jul. 16 @Oak Did not play.
Jul. 15 @Oak Did not play.
Jul. 10 Det 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .311 .454 .765
Jul. 9 Det 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .311 .458 .769
Jul. 8 Det 5 3 4 0 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .268 .315 .464 .779
Jul. 7 Det 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .308 .439 .747
Jul. 6 KC 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .261 .309 .433 .742
Jul. 5 KC Did not play.
Jul. 4 KC 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .311 .434 .745
Jul. 3 Cle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .313 .438 .751
Jul. 2 Cle 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .317 .444 .761
Jul. 1 Cle 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .260 .311 .426 .737
Jun. 30 Cle Did not play.
Jun. 29 @Col 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .312 .428 .740
Jun. 28 @Col 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .261 .314 .432 .746
Jun. 27 @Col Did not play.
Jun. 26 @CWS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .261 .312 .424 .736
Jun. 25 @CWS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 .259 .309 .423 .732
Jun. 24 @CWS 5 2 3 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .313 .430 .743
Jun. 22 Ari 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .305 .402 .707
Jun. 21 Ari 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .257 .310 .409 .719
Last 7 Days 14 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
Last 14 Days 26 5 6 0 0 2 4 1 11 1 0 0 0 0 .231 .259 .462 .721
Last 30 Days 82 14 21 2 0 7 13 2 33 4 1 1 0 0 .256 .282 .537 .819

Melvin Upton Jr.: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 91 84 11 1
2015 63 63
2014 139 139
2013 118 118
2012 142 142 3
2011 151 151
2010 154 154
2009 144 144

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Melvin Upton Jr. Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201686187146.279.570.903
2015717265.254.423.792
201411014027.200.227.566

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20162632993114.247.392.684
2015134163114.261.433.736
201440953123313.210.362.633

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20161662062113.247.404.710
2015858285.235.400.723
2014260386159.227.354.660

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20161832710247.262.464.763
201512015394.275.450.781
20142592962011.189.313.580
Melvin Upton Jr. Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 19 AA MON 120 104 11.7% 23.3% 0.50 73% .432 .144
2004 19 AAA DUR 313 264 13.4% 23% 0.58 73% .389 .208
2005 20 AAA DUR 641 554 12.2% 20.3% 0.60 77% .372 .190
2006 21 AAA DUR 470 398 13.8% 18.9% 0.73 78% .329 .125
2006 21 MAJ TAM 189 175 6.9% 21.2% 0.33 77% .313 .045
2007 22 A VER 22 17 22.7% 9.1% 2.50 88% .214 .177
2007 22 AAA DUR 7 7 0% 14.3% 0.00 86% .400 .428
2007 22 MAJ TAM 548 474 11.9% 28.1% 0.42 68% .399 .208
2008 23 MAJ TAM 640 531 15.2% 20.9% 0.72 75% .351 .128
2009 24 A CHA 13 9 30.8% 15.4% 2.00 78% .571 .000
2009 24 MAJ TAM 626 560 9.1% 24.3% 0.38 73% .312 .132
2010 25 MAJ TAM 610 536 11% 26.9% 0.41 69% .308 .187
2011 26 MAJ TB 640 560 11.1% 25.2% 0.44 71% .301 .186
2012 27 A+ CHA 12 11 8.3% 8.3% 1.00 91% .100 .000
2012 27 AA MON 11 10 9.1% 9.1% 1.00 90% .222 .000
2012 27 MAJ TB 631 573 7.1% 26.8% 0.27 71% .301 .208
2013 28 AAA GWI 12 12 0% 33.3% 0.00 67% .500 .250
2013 28 MAJ ATL 445 391 9.9% 33.9% 0.29 61% .273 .105
2014 29 MAJ ATL 582 519 9.8% 29.7% 0.33 67% .287 .125
2015 30 AAA EL 54 50 7.4% 22.2% 0.33 76% .351 .100
2015 30 MAJ SD 228 205 9.2% 27.2% 0.34 70% .348 .170
2016 31 MAJ SD 373 344 6.2% 28.4% 0.22 69% .324 .183
2016 31 MAJ TOR 5 5 0% 20% 0.00 80% .250 .000
2016  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ SD/TOR 378 349 6.1% 28.3% 0.21 69% .323 .181
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3-Year Averages     416 371 9.6% 30.8% 0.31 65% .294 .121
Career     5,694 5,032 10.1% 26.6% 0.38 70% .319 .159

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2016 Stat Review for Melvin Upton Jr.    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.255 AVG
WEAK
69% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.323 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.436 SLG
GOOD
.181 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.21 BB/K
TERRIBLE
6.1% BB Rate
WEAK
28.3% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.738 OPS
WEAK
.302 OBP
WEAK

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Melvin Upton Jr.: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Manager John Gibbons indicated Tuesday that Upton (who's not starting Tuesday) will start in right field against lefties and will occasionally give other outfielders days off, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

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Upton is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

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The Blue Jays agreed Tuesday to acquire Upton from the Padres in exchange for a Class A prospect, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

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Upton's absence from Monday's lineup is not due to injury, as he's considered to be healthy, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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Upton is out of the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.

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Upton is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Nationals.

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Upton is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Cardinals.

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Upton was reinstated from the bereavement list Monday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

To say Upton's second season in Atlanta was an improvement on his first, while true, would be to underscore just how awful he was in 2013. Although he was able to manage 12 homers and 20 steals, Upton finished with a .208 average in 2014, only better than the Orioles' Chris Davis among qualified hitters, and 173 strikeouts, fourth-most in the National League. While not quite to the same absurd extent, Upton again struggled against lefties to the tune of a .565 OPS, more than 180 points below his career mark of .747, and his contact rate dipped to 68.2%, his lowest since his rookie season. Despite Upton's ongoing struggles, manager Fredi Gonzalez remained intent on starting the 30-year-old on an everyday basis for most of the season and inexplicably batted him atop the order for a large portion of the year, though he did turn to Emilio Bonifacio some in September. There are still three years and more than $46 million remaining on Upton's contract, and while new president of baseball operations John Hart could look to get out from under the deal, the team may not have a choice but to keep Upton around. If he stays, don't put it past Gonzalez to play him frequently.

2014

In Year 1 of a five-year, $75.25 million pact with Atlanta, Upton experienced an unfathomable fall from grace. He got off to a terrible start, posting a .145 average over the first two months of the season, and never rebounded, ultimately losing his everyday job and finishing with a .557 OPS, nearly 200 points below where it was in 2012 (.752). Upton struck out 151 times in 391 at-bats, with 49 of those coming in just 114 second-half trips to the dish. One season removed from hitting 28 homers and swiping 31 bags, Upton was one of the biggest fantasy busts in recent memory, and he will have to fight for playing time this spring, though the Braves surely aren't ready to completely give up on him with four years remaining on his contract.

2013

Upton continued to produce in 2012 much as he has throughout his career and signed as a free agent with the Braves in the offseason for five years and $75.25 million. He hit .246/.298/.454 with a career-high 28 home runs and added 78 RBI. His on-base percentage was actually the lowest of his career as he only took 45 walks and struck out 169 times, his highest career total. He is consistent in his ways as a low batting average player with solid power and above average speed (31 stolen bases in 2012). His power really came on strong in the second half as 21 of his home runs were hit after the All-Star break. He will continue to be a strong defender in center field and has the flexibility to hit anywhere in the batting order, but the Braves see him hitting in the middle of the order. If he can improve his patience at the plate he could be undervalued on draft day given his strength in power and speed and with the help of a higher batting average.

2012

Upton put together a very similar season to 2010 in 2011, suggesting further that he is what he is: a low batting average player who will hit around 20 home runs and steal around 40 bases. His batting average improved six points, his OBP eight points and his slugging percentage by five, closely resembling 2010. Figure those numbers in with a similar strikeout and walk rates and you have a player who has not declined but also has not developed as expected. While the small sample size caveat applies here, Upton did hit five home runs, steal nine bases and have a 23:17 K:BB ratio in 87 at-bats while hitting out of the second spot in the lineup. He remains one of the better fielders in the game and will likely remain a player whose name is constantly mired in trade rumors since the Rays have another center field option in Desmond Jennings. Depending on who the Rays sign or trade for, expect Upton to bat around sixth in the order and patrol center field on Opening Day.

2011

Every year since 2007, fantasy owners have drafted Upton while waiting for him to break out with a .290 average and place in the 30-30 club. Reality is probably starting to set in as Upton can always be counted on for steals but the high batting average and power combo doesn't seem to be coming. Last year's home-run total was seven more than his 2009 total, which isn't surprising now that he's more than a year removed from shoulder surgery. To take the next step, Upton will have to improve his batting eye to cut down on the strikeouts (69.4 contact rate last season). He did hit 10 home runs while batting .260 over 192 at-bats during August and September - a possible sign of good things to come. Draft Upton for his speed and moderate power, just temper any lofty expectations in the batting average department.

2010

Upton started the season on the DL as a result of offseason shoulder surgery and battled quad and ankle injuries during the season. Once he got back on the field, he failed to live up to lofty expectations. He struck out 152 times in 560 at-bats and his .313 OBP got him dropped from the leadoff spot to seventh in the batting order. Upton lost power as the season went on (seven home runs before the All-Star break, four after). However, better days should be ahead for Upton. He still managed to swipe 42 bags (third in the AL) and a career-low .312 BABIP suggests an improvement in batting average is on the horizon. His defense is outstanding, his 11.0 UZR was second to only Franklin Gutierrez for center fielders. Given his youth (25) he should be in line for a bounce-back season, but it remains to be seen if his power will return. Draft him for his speed and temper your power expectations.

2009

Upton underwent surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder; the injury had nagged him all season and played a huge role in the drop in Upton's power numbers from 2007 levels. While he won't quite be ready for game action when camp opens, Upton is expected to be fully healthy and available by Opening Day. Upton's monster postseason line (.288/.333/.652, seven home runs in 16 games) indicates he'll be just fine in 2009 once his shoulder recovers; bid based on Upton's 2007 numbers, not 2008, to insure you don't miss out.

2008

Upton started the year as the everyday second baseman, moved to center field when Rocco Baldelli got hurt and finished the year entrenched as Tampa Bay's center fielder for the foreseeable future. Although Upton drew quite a few walks last year, the Rays will work with him to cut down his strikeouts; with his speed, the Rays want Upton to put the ball in play as often as possible. Upton played 48 games at second base before being moved to center, so he should be middle-infield eligible in many leagues in 2008, likely for the last time.

2007

The bloom has come off Upton's rose just a tiny bit, and really not of his own doing. The old Devil Rays regime kept Upton in the minors behind Julio Lugo too long and he regressed a bit at Triple-A last year. In addition, his defense still hasn't really improved at shortstop over the past few seasons, and he was downright awful with the glove at third base for the Rays. If he's not traded in the offseason, the Rays may move Upton to the outfield in 2007, provided a vacancy develops there. There's still tons to like about Upton, such as great speed and plate discipline and good power if he stays in the infield, but his 2007 fantasy value likely won't be clear until the team decides where he plays and how often.

2006

Upton's bat is clearly big-league ready; the question is whether Upton's glove is ready for prime time, especially at shortstop, where he made 53 errors at Triple-A last year. The new Devil Rays regime backtracked from comments made late last season by outgoing GM Chuck LaMar to the effect that Upton would be moved to third base this year. Instead, they told Upton during the winter that he'd get every chance to win the big-league shortstop job, although they'd prefer to call him up after the season starts. So expect Upton to get some serious big-league playing time this year; the only questions are whether he's up on Opening Day or in June and at what position.

2005

The second overall pick in the 2002 draft could win a starting job this spring. Upton could play short if Julio Lugo is traded or if Lugo is moved to second if the Rays don't sign a veteran to start over Jorge Cantu. Lugo could also play short and Upton third. Or Upton could move to left field with Carl Crawford in center since Rocco Baldelli is hurt. He could DH, too. Or he could start in Triple-A to polish his defense. Either way, if you kicked yourself back in '96 for not drafting then unknown Derek Jeter, take Upton now.

2004

Upton enjoyed a great pro baseball debut in 2003. That month of Double-A is very impressive, considering Upton turned all of nineteen during that stint. He'll start 2004 back in Double-A and move up as quickly as his skills let him. He'll likely be competing for the major league shortstop job in the spring of 2005, and could make his MLB debut this September. There is nothing not to like about this prospect.

2003

The Devil Rays' No. 1 draft choice (and No. 2 overall) in the 2002 draft. Due to protracted negotiations, he never got to play pro ball last year, so he'll make his pro debut in 2003, probably in Low-A ball. The Rays envision him becoming their regular shortstop by 2005 and the next Derek Jeter by 2007 or so. Obviously, with credentials like that, he's a keeper league candidate, but Upton so far is potential untouched by actual pro performance, so check to see how handles the minors in 2003.