Upton
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.263
HR
25
RBI
70
R
66
SB
6
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There's little upside in drafting Upton at this point, but you know what you're getting. The 30-year-old has been extremely durable throughout his career, totaling at least 620 plate appearances in each of the last seven seasons, and the fluctuation in that time in terms of... read more
There's little upside in drafting Upton at this point, but you know what you're getting. The 30-year-old has been extremely durable throughout his career, totaling at least 620 plate appearances in each of the last seven seasons, and the fluctuation in that time in terms of quality of performance has been marginal. His strikeout rate has been elevated over 28 percent in each of the past two seasons, and indeed the batting average seems destined to fall back (.341 BABIP, .244 xBA), but it shouldn't fall off a cliff as Upton has been hitting the ball harder and he boosted his walk rate back up to over 11 percent in 2017. The flyball rate has been stable, and he ran more after the move to Anaheim at the waiver trade deadline, which bodes well as he re-upped with the Angels on a five-year deal shortly after the season ended. Best of all, Upton is now batting behind Mike Trout in the order, so his third career 100-RBI season could be in the cards.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 205 lbs.    DOB: 8/25/1987    College: None    Drafted: 1st Rd in 2005Show Contract
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Justin Upton Contract Info:
Signed a five-year $106 million contract with the Angels in November of 2017.
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OFLos Angeles Angels
August 13, 2018
Upton went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's loss to Oakland.
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2018 Stat Review for Justin Upton
0.40 BB/K
WEAK
11.0 % BB Rate
GREAT
27.8 % K Rate
TERRIBLE
0.822 OPS
GOOD
0.350 OBP
GOOD
0.263 AVG
WEAK
0.324 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
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  1. 1. DavidD. Fletcher (R)
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  2. 2. TaylorT. Ward (R)
  3. 3. DavidD. Fletcher (R)
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  2. 2. DavidD. Fletcher (R)
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  1. Justin Upton 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Justin Upton 2017 Preseason Outlook
    The 2016 campaign was a tale of two seasons for Upton. From April through July, he hit .239/.294/.405 with 13 homers, 50 runs and 46 RBI in just over 400 plate appearances. Upton then went on to hit .258/.341/.584 the rest of the season with 18 homers, 31 runs and 41 RBI in just over 200 plate appearances. Overall, it was Upton's best home-run total since 2011 and his numbers were mostly in line with where they have been in seasons past, save his on-base percentage. A career-low .310 OBP cut into his stolen-base opportunities and some of that was due to the early struggles as well as a career-worst walk rate of just eight percent. He turns 30 this year, so the power should stay while the steals may be gone. Upton needs to make more contact to get back to helping with average, otherwise, he's a decent three-category player with more name value than real value.
  3. Justin Upton 2016 Preseason 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 away from his third career 20-20 season. But Upton also reached 150 strikeouts for the third straight year, and his .251 batting average was a career low. Upton’s best season remains his 2011 campaign, when he hit a blistering .289/.369/.529 and mashed 31 home runs for the Diamondbacks. Between San Diego and Atlanta, Upton played in two of the most difficult parks for right-handed pull power hitters. He's stuck in another pitcher's park long-term after signing a six-year deal with Detroit in the offseason, but the talent around him is significantly better than it was at his last few stops, so the run and RBI totals could tick up.
  4. Justin Upton 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Justin Upton 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Justin Upton 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Justin Upton 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Justin Upton 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Justin Upton 2010 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Justin Upton 2009 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  11. Justin Upton 2008 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  12. Justin Upton 2007 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  13. Justin Upton 2006 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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OFLos Angeles Angels
August 13, 2018
Upton went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's loss to Oakland.
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Homers again in win
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 10, 2018
Upton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Angels' 4-3 win over the Athletics on Friday.
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Homers in second straight game
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 8, 2018
Upton went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's 6-0 win over the Tigers.
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Homer No. 22
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 8, 2018
Upton went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and three strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.
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Heads to bench
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 5, 2018
Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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