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2 Melvin Upton CF
Height/Weight: 6-3/185 | Birthdate: 8/21/1984 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $13,050,000 | Owned/Started%: 26/14 | Average Draft Position: 376.75
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Projections
TimeframeABHRAVGRBIRSB
2015 Season (CBSSports.com)430.0013.00.21633.0056.0014.00
 
Key Stats
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51912.208356720
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
201400000139000
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Injury Report
Toe - Expected to be placed on 15-day DL. Out until at least early May
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Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Philadelphia58132 .338 .397 .224
vs Hamels (Career)17000.0560
vs LHP110220 .338 .227 .200
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
12/21/2014Drew Stubbs, CF COL
Tyler Flowers, C CHW
Joe Mauer, 1B MIN
David Ortiz, DH BOS
Melvin Upton, CF ATL
Nick Swisher, 1B CLE
Alen Hanson, SS PIT
Nick Williams, LF TEX
12/19/2014Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
Melvin Upton, CF ATL
Robert Stephenson, SP CIN
Kolten Wong, 2B STL
12/17/2014Jason Hammel, SP CHC
Melvin Upton, CF ATL
 
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9/19NYM3010000
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9/21NYM2000010
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9/27@PHI3111110
 
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Latest News

Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. out at least two months with foot injury

by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/15) The Braves announced Friday outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. could miss at least two months after tests revealed inflammation in his left foot. Upton will be in a short leg cast fot two weeks, then a walking boot for 4-6 weeks.

Upton missed Friday's workout after he was seen limping following batting practice Thursday, per MLB.com. He went through a round of treatment Friday before being sent for an MRI.

The Braves initially declined to speculate on the severity of the injury until Upton went for further testing.

"[The discomfort] is more in the toe area, but we're calling it a foot [injury]," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday morning.

Upton was listed as the starting center fielder on the depth chart on the team's official website. The backups were listed as Todd Cunningham and Eury Perez.

Upton is entering the third year of a five-year, $72.25 million contract. However, his first two years with the Braves have been largely disappointing. He has a .198/.279/.314/.593 slash line in two seasons in Atlanta.

Braves OF Melvin Upton unable to finish workout due to toe injury

by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/15) Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. was unable to complete Friday's workout with the club because of discomfort near the big toe on his right foot, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. He will be evaluated at some point Friday afternoon to determine the severity of the injury.

Upton is seeking a bounce-back campaign after seeing his power numbers drop recently. Since joining Atlanta in 2013 on a five-year contract, Upton is batting .198 with a .279 on-base percentage, .314 slugging percentage and .593 OPS in 267 games.

Braves counting on bounce back year from Melvin Upton

by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/15) The Braves want to get back to what made them successful two years ago. It starts with getting one of their stars, Melvin Upton, back in the swing of things

For the last two seasons, Upton has struggled at the plate, hitting .184 and .208 in consecutive years. His power numbers also dropped dramatically, hitting a total of 21 home runs with 61 RBI, numbers he surpassed in just one year with Tampa Bay.

"I'm in a good spot mentally," Upton said. "I know what I need to do. … I'm not the first guy that has struggled and I'm not going to be the last. It's gone down that way the past two years. I can't say I'm good with it. But have I got over it? Yeah."

President of baseball operations John Hart is giving Upton a clean slate heading into the new season.

"I'm very optimistic going in. It's a clean slate for Melvin. He knows kind of what is at stake for him here. When it's all said and done, he's going to have our support and we're going to do all that we can to help him become the very best player that he can become this year."

Braves encouraged B.J. Upton can bounce back in 2015

by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/15) Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer recently worked with outfielder B.J. Upton and said he's encouraged on the progress Upton has made on his swing, reports MLB.com.

"I feel really, really good about it, because [Upton] was very open to everything that I suggested," Seitzer said. "We had a really good three days together -- three pretty intense days together. I think he feels pretty good about what I'm going to bring, and I feel good about the adjustments he has made."

Upton struggled throughout 2014, hitting .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI. With no teams willing to absorb the more than $46 million left on Upton's contract, the Braves have no choice, but to hope Upton can improve his hitting numbers.

"He did great [this week]," Seitzer said. "He made great adjustments, and I'm very encouraged that he's going to be able to come back and play the way he wants to play."

Seitzer added that he worked on Upton's mechanics and approach at the plate and he wants Upton to shorten his swing.

"Any hitter that has a tendency to be long [with their swing], where their hands get away from the body, is going to have a tough time catching up to fastballs," Seitzer said. "They will also be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and inside pitches."

Following Gattis trade, outfielder Norichika Aoki on Braves' radar

by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/15) With the trade of Evan Gattis, outfielder Norichika Aoki is on the Braves' radar, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants are also among other teams interested in Aoki.

The Braves have a need for another outfielder with the trade of Gattis, per Heyman. The team likes Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, who they signed this offseason. Heyman also suggests veteran outfielder B.J. Upton might get a fair amount of playing time in the outfield in a chance to showcase the veteran outfielder for a trade.

 
 
 

 
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DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
3/5/15@ DET1:05 pm
3/6/15WAS1:05 pm
3/7/15DET1:05 pm
3/7/15@ NYM1:10 pm
3/8/15@ HOU1:05 pm
3/9/15@ WAS1:05 pm
3/10/15NYM1:05 pm
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2004TB451591941412154641 .324 .409 .258
2005TB0000000000 --- --- ---
2006TB5017520431101340113 .302 .291 .246
2007TB12947486142248265154228 .386 .508 .300
2008TB14553185145967971344416 .383 .401 .273
2009TB144560791351155571524214 .313 .373 .241
2010TB15453689127186267164429 .322 .424 .237
2011TB153560821362381711613612 .331 .429 .243
2012TB14657379141287845169316 .298 .454 .246
2013ATL126391307292644151125 .268 .289 .184
2014ATL14151967108123557173207 .287 .333 .208
Total 123344786361090139508531134426481 .324 .400 .243
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2004TB3B131224101220 .917
2004TBSS161671234178 .901
2004TBOF1100000 ---
2006TB3B50481393888136 .906
2007TB2B48482511061331226 .952
2007TBOF78742172041122 .991
2008TBOF1431414013781675 .983
2009TBOF144141385375641 .990
2010TBOF154147405397350 .988
2011TBOF151150391382633 .992
2012TBOF1421413032901034 .990
2013ATLOF118111237230343 .983
2014ATLOF139135345329973 .980
Total  11951165316927623386961 .978
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2004TB826511101
2005TB00000000
2006TB505100101
2007TB251241414414
2008TB372213732413
2009TB33420933307
2010TB384227412113
2011TB274240324416
2012TB293260841013
2013ATL14011361327
2014ATL19517323156
Total 2352517923819222091
Postseason Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2008TB1666161971651660 .333 .652 .288
2010TB52104020720 .190 .286 .190
2011TB41434004612 .444 .500 .286
2013ATL3310000300 .000 .000 .000
Total 28104202771893292 .316 .538 .260
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2003 AA-Orlando29105142980116162524 .376 .381 .276
2003 A-Chston-Sc1013847011622674657803817 .394 .445 .302
2004AAA-Durham69264658217112364272175 .411 .519 .311
2004 AA-Montgomery29104213471215142830 .407 .471 .327
2005AAA-Durham139545981653661874781274413 .392 .490 .303
2006AAA-Durham1063987210718484165894617 .374 .394 .269
2007AAA-Durham27130011--100 .429 .857 .429
2007 A-Vero Beach7174400135200 .375 .412 .235
2009AFA-Charlotte391400024243 .643 .444 .444
2012AA-Montgomery Biscuits3101200011100 .273 .200 .200
2012AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab4111100011120 .167 .091 .091
2013AAA-Gwinnett Braves312343002--400 .333 .583 .333
Total 4951866351551111185023828343215659 .387 .454 .295
 
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