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Justin Upton

28-Year-Old Outfielder – Detroit Tigers

2015 Stats

AVG

.251

HR

26

RBI

81

R

85

SB

19

2016 RotoWire Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Upton went to his first All-Star game in four years as a move to San Diego hardly put a damper in his production. He hit 26 home runs to post his third-straight 25-homer season and came just one steal...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 205   DOB: 8/25/1987   BORN: Norfolk, VA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Justin Upton Contract Information:

Agreed to six-year, $132.75 million deal with the Tigers in January of 2016.

January 18, 2016  –  Justin Upton News

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Justin Upton 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
2006 18 A A 113 490 438 71 115 41 28 1 12 66 15 7 52 96 0 0 0 .263 .343 .413 .756
2007 19 A VIS 32 145 126 27 43 13 6 2 5 17 9 4 19 28 0 0 0 .341 .433 .540 .973
2007 19 AA MOB 71 306 259 48 80 34 17 4 13 53 10 7 37 51 0 5 5 .309 .399 .556 .955
2007 19 MAJ ARI 43 152 140 17 31 13 8 3 2 11 2 0 11 37 0 0 1 .221 .283 .364 .647
2008 20 AAA TUC 15 68 61 13 17 7 3 1 3 10 2 0 7 26 0 0 0 .279 .353 .508 .861
2008 20 MAJ ARI 108 417 356 52 89 40 19 6 15 42 1 4 54 121 0 3 4 .250 .353 .463 .816
2009 21 A VIS 2 9 8 1 2 1 0 0 1 6 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 .250 .333 .625 .958
2009 21 MAJ ARI 138 588 526 84 158 63 30 7 26 86 20 5 55 137 1 4 2 .300 .366 .532 .899
2010 22 MAJ ARI 133 571 495 73 135 47 27 3 17 69 18 8 64 152 1 7 4 .273 .356 .442 .799
2011 23 MAJ ARI 159 674 592 105 171 75 39 5 31 88 21 9 59 126 0 4 19 .289 .369 .529 .898
2012 24 MAJ ARI 150 628 554 107 155 45 24 4 17 67 18 8 63 121 0 6 5 .280 .355 .430 .785
2013 25 MAJ ATL 149 643 558 94 147 56 27 2 27 70 8 1 75 161 1 4 5 .263 .354 .464 .818
2014 26 MAJ ATL 154 640 566 77 153 65 34 2 29 102 8 4 60 171 0 8 6 .270 .342 .491 .833
2015 27 MAJ SD 150 619 542 85 136 55 26 3 26 81 19 5 68 159 0 5 4 .251 .336 .454 .790
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3-Year Averages     151 632 555 85 145 58 29 2 27 84 11 3 67 163 0 5 5 .261 .343 .467 .810
Career  (View All)     1184 4,932 4,329 694 1,175 459 234 35 190 616 115 44 509 1,185 3 41 50 .271 .352 .473 .825

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position

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Justin Upton 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
Oct. 4 @CWS Did not play.
Oct. 3 @CWS Did not play.
Oct. 2 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 30 @Tex 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .336 .454 .790
Sep. 29 @Tex 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .336 .454 .790
Sep. 28 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 27 Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .337 .454 .791
Sep. 26 Min 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .339 .457 .796
Sep. 25 Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .338 .456 .794
Sep. 23 CWS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .341 .462 .803
Sep. 22 CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .258 .342 .465 .807
Sep. 21 CWS Did not play.
Sep. 21 CWS Did not play.
Sep. 20 KC 5 1 3 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .342 .468 .810
Sep. 19 KC 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .340 .463 .803
Sep. 18 KC 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .340 .464 .804
Sep. 16 @Min Did not play.
Sep. 15 @Min 4 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .340 .465 .805
Sep. 14 @Min 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .251 .337 .455 .792
Sep. 13 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 13 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 12 @Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .339 .456 .795
Sep. 11 @Cle 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .255 .340 .459 .799
Sep. 10 @Cle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .338 .452 .790
Sep. 9 TB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .338 .453 .791
Sep. 8 TB 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .339 .456 .795
Sep. 7 TB 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .338 .457 .795
Sep. 6 Cle 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .254 .337 .458 .795
Sep. 5 Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .338 .460 .798
Sep. 4 Cle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .338 .463 .801
Last 7 Days 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250 .375
Last 14 Days 27 1 5 4 0 0 4 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 .185 .267 .333 .600
Last 30 Days 70 9 15 5 0 2 8 9 21 1 1 1 0 0 .214 .313 .371 .684

Justin Upton: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 146 146 1
2014 150 150 1
2013 147 109 54 2
2012 149 149
2011 159 159
2010 128 128 1
2009 136 136 1

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Justin Upton Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015110163102.191.300.558
20141192511261.286.597.981
20131272810220.268.567.994

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201543269237117.266.493.848
20144475218767.266.463.794
20134316617488.262.434.762

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152714815429.277.506.866
20142734418535.293.560.939
20132774713342.264.440.775

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201527137113910.225.402.714
20142933311493.249.427.733
20132814714366.263.488.859
Justin Upton Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2006 18 A A 490 438 10.6% 19.6% 0.54 78% .312 .150
2007 19 A VIS 145 126 13.1% 19.3% 0.68 78% .409 .199
2007 19 AA MOB 306 259 12.1% 16.7% 0.73 80% .344 .247
2007 19 MAJ ARI 152 140 7.2% 24.3% 0.30 74% .287 .143
2008 20 AAA TUC 68 61 10.3% 38.2% 0.27 57% .438 .229
2008 20 MAJ ARI 417 356 12.9% 29% 0.45 66% .336 .213
2009 21 A VIS 9 8 11.1% 33.3% 0.33 63% .250 .375
2009 21 MAJ ARI 588 526 9.4% 23.3% 0.40 74% .364 .232
2010 22 MAJ ARI 571 495 11.2% 26.6% 0.42 69% .362 .169
2011 23 MAJ ARI 674 592 8.8% 18.7% 0.47 79% .322 .240
2012 24 MAJ ARI 628 554 10% 19.3% 0.52 78% .332 .150
2013 25 MAJ ATL 643 558 11.7% 25% 0.47 71% .324 .201
2014 26 MAJ ATL 640 566 9.4% 26.7% 0.35 70% .339 .221
2015 27 MAJ SD 619 542 11% 25.7% 0.43 71% .308 .203
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3-Year Averages     632 555 10.6% 25.8% 0.41 71% .323 .206
Career     4,932 4,329 10.3% 24% 0.43 73% .333 .202

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2015 Stat Review for Justin Upton    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.251 AVG
WEAK
71% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.308 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

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.454 SLG
GOOD
.203 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.43 BB/K
AVERAGE
11.0% BB Rate
GREAT
25.7% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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.790 OPS
GOOD
.336 OBP
GOOD

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for Justin Upton

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Justin Upton: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Upton declined his qualifying offer from the Padres, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

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Upton (neck) was given a qualifying offer by the Padres on Friday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

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Upton (neck strain) will miss the rest of the regular season, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.

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Upton (neck) is not in the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.

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Upton (neck) is not in the lineup Thursday.

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Upton has been diagnosed with a neck strain, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

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Upton left Wednesday's game against the Brewers in the first inning after crashing into the outfield wall, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

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Upton went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

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Upton (illness) is in the lineup Friday against the Rockies.

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Upton is out of the lineup Wednesday due to an illness, but could be available as a pinch-hitter Wednesday, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2015

Most owners didn't profit much from Upton's production in 2014, but they got their money's worth. He supplied 29 homers (.221 ISO), good enough for fourth in the NL, and drove in a career-high 101 runs while slightly improving his average and matching his stolen base total from 2013. The 27-year-old also set a less distinguished career high with 171 strikeouts (26.7% K%), matching his brother's number and joining him in the Braves' record books for most strikeouts in a single season. Upton walked less (9.4% BB% from 11.7%) and finished with a .169/.233/.325 batting line in September, but he's a proven fantasy commodity at this point and should garner significant interest on draft day yet again. His move to Petco Park after an offseason trade to the Padres figures to result in a downgrade in power production for Upton (17.9% HR/FB with Atlanta), but his presence in the middle an improved lineup should help his counting stats.

2014

Upton's first month in a Braves uniform was the stuff of legends, as he clubbed a whopping 12 home runs in April and appeared to be headed for a career year. Over the next three months of the season, however, Upton managed just four home runs. He got hot again in August, and finished with a team-leading 27 big flies, but it was at times a frustrating season for his fantasy owners. After recording 18-plus steals in each of his previous four seasons, Upton attempted just nine steals in 2013, as manager Fredi Gonzalez played it safe on the basepaths, and his strikeout rate jumped dramatically from 19.3 percent to 25.0 percent. By no means was it a terrible year for Upton, but he didn't live up to his price tag, and his 17.9 percent HR/FB rate is likely unsustainable. Moreover, a rebound in batting average is not necessarily a lock, as his BABIP was still above .320.

2013

When Upton injured his left thumb sliding into second base in April, most fantasy owners probably figured he would quickly recover from the seemingly minor ailment and promptly return to elite status. Instead, the injury seemed to bother him throughout the season, despite the fact that he was able play in 150 games. The .430 slugging percentage Upton delivered was the lowest of his four seasons in the big leagues, but he still managed to get on base at a good clip (.355) while picking up 18 steals. His numbers after the All-Star break (.817 OPS, 10 of his 17 homers) and more specifically, in September (.301/.354/.544 with six homers and four steals) suggest that he started to feel better as the season progressed. For the second straight offseason, trade rumors swirled around Upton, but he's still just 25 years old and the underlying skills here still suggest 30-homer and 20-steal potential with his return to health.

2012

Upton put all of the pieces together and stayed healthy enough to play 159 games last season. The result was the breakout campaign many had tabbed Upton for following his age-21 season, as he delivered career-highs in every standard rotisserie category other than batting average. Further, Upton eased concerns about the shoulder injury that slowed him in 2010 with the heavy workload while showing considerable skills growth in the form of a 10 percent improvement in his contact rate (79 percent). Thanks to a fast-track path to the big leagues as a 19-year-old in 2007, Upton is now 24 with over 2,000 career at-bats. He slugged .561 after the All-Star break on the strength of 16 homers over 244 at-bats and if he's able to maintain that level of power over a full season, we could be looking at 40-plus homers in 2012.

2011

Upton's health undoubtedly played a role in his regression last season, as he fell from 26 to 17 homers despite playing in just five fewer games than he did in 2009. New general manager Kevin Towers was willing to listen to trade offers for the young right fielder during the offseason, but nothing materialized. In addition to the lost power, Upton's contact rate dipped to 69 percent even though his walk rate improved to 11 percent. He opted for rehab during the offseason rather than surgery, so all signs point to 100 percent health at the start of spring training. Don't lose sight of the fact that Upton will still be just 23 when Opening Day rolls around in April, so there's still a great deal of growth potential even after he's racked up 1,517 career big league at-bats.

2010

There were plenty of things that went wrong for the D-Backs in 2009, but Upton was one of the few bright spots last season as he produced at elite levels despite turning just 22 years old in August. After striking out in nearly one-third of his at-bats as a rookie, Upton significantly improved his contact rate from 66 to 74 percent while increasing his power output to swat 26 homers. Touted as a complete five-tool prospect upon being drafted first overall in 2005, Upton didn't disappoint, flashing good speed on the basepaths (20 steals) and checking in as one of the league's better defensive right fielders. He should only continue to get better, with the potential for more power and better overall production ahead if his selectivity at the plate continues to improve.

2009

Considering that he spent most of his first full season in Arizona as a 20-year-old, we're willing to give Upton a pass for his inconsistent production. After an impressive start in April (.340/.385/.577, five homers and 15 RBI), Upton slumped badly before an oblique injury knocked him out of the lineup for most of July and August. Upton raked at Chase Field with a .321/.407/.632 line along with 12 homers and 32 RBI, but struggled tremendously on the road with a .169/.291/.271 line with three homers and 10 RBI. Overall, Upton demonstrated the ability to draw plenty of walks and get on base at a good clip (.353) despite struggling to make contact while adjusting to major league pitching. We'd also be surprised if he doesn't become more active on the basepaths in 2009, as he already boasts 20-steal speed and the D-Backs are expected to emphasize the running game. Don't be scared off by the disappointing overall numbers, as there's still a ton to like here as he continues to fulfill is potential.

2008

Upton's teammate Orlando Hudson may have said it best when he nicknamed the 19-year-old phenom "The Franchise" and proceeded to say that Upton has 10 tools instead of the standard five. His numbers across High-A, Double-A and the majors last season are outstanding given his age, while the long-term upside here is simply: superstar. By all indications, he'll be the everyday right fielder and should be an immediate 20-20 threat, as a 20-year-old. Upton is an elite talent, so don't be shy about bidding the extra dollar or nabbing him a round early on draft day.

2007

Upton is one of the 10 best prospects in the game, and already in the outfield, so he'll avoid some of the issues that have hampered his brother's development. He has superstar, Griffey-level talent, and if you're in a position to get him in keeper leagues, run, don't walk.

2006

The Diamondbacks took Upton, a supremely talented five-tool player, with the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. Arizona will likely start Upton out at shortstop in a short-season league in 2006 before determining if he or Stephen Drew will change positions in the long term.