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2 B.J. 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%: 39/17 | Average Draft Position: 232.10
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B.J. Upton sitting out Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday. 

Upton will be replaced by Jordan Schafer in the outfield. Andrelton Simmons will move to the second spot in the order while Upton sits. 


Same old, same old for B.J. Upton


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3/26/2014) It would be an exaggeration to say that B.J. Upton has gained back the trust of Fantasy owners this spring, but after last season's misery, it's more than a little surprising that he is being rostered in 58 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.

That's not a hearty endorsement, but that ownership rate -- along with a 234 Rotisserie ADP -- suggests that the Braves' center fielder has been the target of some late-round gambles in standard mixed leagues. Spring training stats can be very misleading, but there are few encouraging signs there for those who might be looking for them. Upton has struck out 20 times in 58 at-bats with three extra base-hits, none of which are home runs.

If you find yourself in the later rounds of a mixed league draft -- even a fairly deep one -- you're probably better off going with relatively unproven types like Avisail Garcia, Oswaldo Arcia or Junior Lake than to take a flier on Upton.


Braves manager considering lineup options


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday he is leaning toward batting B.J. Upton second in the lineup, per MLB.com. Gonzalez said he is also mulling batting Chris Johnson cleanup and dropping Evan Gattis to sixth or seventh in the lineup.

B.J. Upton happy he's hitting to all fields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, who is coming off the worst season of his career, has been pleased with his results this spring, particularly his ability to hit to all fields, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Upton is batting .294 (15 for 51) with three extra-base hits, four stolen bases and a .357 on-base percentage in 17 games. He has also struck out 17 times.

"I think the majority of my hits have been up the middle or to right field, and that’s a good sign," Upton said. "I’m not reading too much into the (number of) hits in spring training, but it’s the location of the hits. That’s a pretty good sign, man."

Upton spent the offseason refining his approach, which included eliminating some of the excessive movement he accumulated in recent years.

"It feels pretty good, man," he said. "I can’t complain. It feels a lot more natural than it did at the beginning of spring. Now it’s just maintaining, keeping it where it’s at."


B.J. Upton able to play on consecutive days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton has played the last two days after sitting out Saturday because of an illness. Upton has gone 3 for 6 (.500) with one walk in his last two games, including a 2-for-4 performance Monday against the Phillies.

Upton is batting .269 (7 for 26) with one RBI, two doubles, two walks and eight strikeouts in nine spring games.


Scout doubts B.J. Upton will have huge bounce-back year


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) One National League scout told The Boston Globe he doesn't see much of an improvement in 2014 from Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, who is coming off arguably the worst season of his career in 2013.

"The numbers will improve, but he has never been able to sustain any consistency in his swing," the scout said. "He’s one of those guys whose skill set will carry him for a while, but not sure he’s committed to be the best."


B.J. Upton sits out spring game with illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton was scratched from the lineup Saturday due to an illness, MLB.com reports. Upton is hitting .200/.238/.300 with one RBI through his first 20 Grapefruit League at-bats.

B.J. Upton hitting second in spring debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is hitting second in the team's spring debut, according to MLB.com.

Upton had a disastrous season at the plate in 2013, hitting .184/.268/.289 in 391 at-bats. He's reportedly worked on his approach this winter. It's unclear if manager Fredi Gonzalez is thinking of hitting Upton second during the regular season, or if he wants to make sure Upton gets some at-bats during spring training. 


B.J. Upton arrives to camp with 'more efficient' approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton arrived for spring training Sunday and immediately got to work, taking swings on the field. There were noticeable changes in Upton's approach, as he ditched a lot of moving parts he had in his swing last year, which led to a career-worst .184 average.

Some of the changes included Upton dropping a foot-tap timing mechanism, pronounced front leg lift, and excessive head and bat movement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"He’s a lot more efficient," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said.


Braves want B.J. Upton 'to get back to being' B.J. Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said he was encouraged after traveling to Tampa earlier this week to watch outfielder B.J. Upton take some swings, according to MLB.com. Upton had a horrendous first season with the Braves in 2013, batting a career-low .184 in 126 games.

"The swings I saw work for me," Walker said. "It was a lot different than what we saw last year. It was a lot more simple, with a lot less moving parts. Sometimes, these changes do have to be made in the winter. They take a time when there is no pressure and you can just go out and work on things. The thing that I'm encouraged about is we're not asking him to do something he has not done before."

Walker said Upton looks more like the hitter he was prior to his down year in 2013.

"He's done some good work. [His swing] is a lot closer to what it was when he first broke into the league," Walker said. "He's worked hard this winter and he seemed to be in a good frame of mind. He's ready to go. We just want him to get back to being B.J. Upton. That is the goal."


B.J. Upton gets the start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton will start Wednesday against the Mets.

Upton was not in the team's lineup initially, but Jordan Schafer was scratched with a quad injury. Upton will play center and hit leadoff against Dillon Gee. Upton is hitting .200/.281/.315 in 355 at-bats.


B.J. Upton hits ninth home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton hit his ninth home run as part of one of his best games of the year Saturday against Miami.

Upton finished 4 for 6 with a run scored and three RBI. He's hitting just .195/.275/.308 on the season. His four-game hitting streak is a bright spot in a season bereft of positives.


B.J. Upton not starting Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Indians.

Upton will again be replaced by Jordan Schafer in center. He's seen his playing time dwindle recently. Upton is hitting just .182/.263/.291 in 330 at-bats. 


B.J. Upton out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

Upton will be replaced by Jordan Schafer in center. He's hitting just .183/.266/.295 in 322 at-bats. 


B.J. Upton sitting Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets. 

Upton has struggled this season, and has seen more time on the bench lately. He'll be replaced by Jordan Schafer in center. Upton is hitting .186/.269/.300 in 317 at-bats. 


B.J. Upton back for Braves


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.

Upton was not in the lineup Tuesday, but was receiving a normal day of rest. He's hitting just .191/.274/.307 at-bats. 


B.J. Upton sitting Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Phillies. 

Upton will be replaced by Jordan Schafer in center. Upton is hitting .191/.274/.307 in 309 at-bats. 


B.J. Upton showing signs of life


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton had his finest game in months Wednesday, as he picked up his first four-hit game of the season in a 6-3 win over the Nationals.

Upton raked three singles and a double in the game, though he finished without scoring or driving in a run. He has now hit safely in five games since returning from the disabled list, going 10 for 21 overall with two doubles and three stolen bases. 


Keep a close eye on B.J. Upton


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/7/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton was already a prime candidate for a second-half resurgence, if for no other reason than the law of averages. But his explanation to MLB.com about why and how he tweaked his swing while recovering from an adductor strain offers even more reason for optimism:

"Early in my career, I hit the ball the other way so well that I had to learn how to pull," he said. "I think over the years, I learned how to pull and lost what got me there. So, hopefully now that I've learned how to pull and I'm starting to hit the ball the other way, it can only get better for me."

Maybe that's just a case of Upton straining to answer a question he can't. Until we see some results, that's a reasonable assumption. But it seems plausible enough. Upton had no problem hitting for batting average in his earliest days in the big leagues. He took a turn for the worse after his postseason power surge in 2008, which, given the amount of hype it generated, might have caused him to become pull-conscious.

Since coming off the DL Aug. 3, Upton is 6 for 16 in four games. I'd say that bears watching.


B.J. Upton believes average can 'only get better'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, who returned from an adductor strain Saturday, said the time on the disabled list allowed him to adjust his swing and return to the approach he exhibited during his time with the Rays, according to MLB.com. Upton was batting .177 prior to sustaining the injury July 12.

"Early in my career, I hit the ball the other way so well that I had to learn how to pull," he said. "I think over the years, I learned how to pull and lost what got me there. So, hopefully now that I've learned how to pull and I'm starting to hit the ball the other way, it can only get better for me."


B.J. Upton struggles in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton made his return to the lineup Saturday against the Phillies, but he did not have a particularly good day. Upton went 1 for 5 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts in a 5-4 win in 12 innings.

Upton was appearing in his first game since July 12, due to an adductor strain. He is hitting .177 with a .565 OPS on the season. 


B.J. Upton comes off disabled list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) The Braves activated outfielder B.J. Upton from the 15-day disabled list Saturday and inserted him into the starting lineup against the Phillies. Gerald Laird was placed on the disabled list to make room on the active roster.

Upton has been out since July 12 due to a strained adductor. 


B.J. Upton ready to roll upon return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is expected to be activated from the disabled list Saturday against the Phillies, after completing his minor-league rehab assignment Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Upton has been recovering from a strained right adductor, and has spent much of his time during this rehab stint working on fixing the swing that saw him hit just .177 with a .565 OPS prior to the injury.

"I saw a couple of his hits, and they were mechanically and technically perfect," hitting coach Greg Walker told MLB.com Friday. "He pounded the ball to right-center. That's a great sign for me. Let's just see if he can keep repeating it. But it looked a lot like B.J. Upton to me."


B.J. Upton begins rehab assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton returned to game action Wednesday, as he played the first six innings of Triple-A Gwinnett's game as part of his minor-league rehabilitation assignment.

Upton was hitless in three at-bats, before being lifted for a defensive replacement in the seventh inning. He is expected to play at least two more games while recovering from an adductor strain.  


B.J. Upton to begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton (adductor strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett Wednesday. He's expected to play three games before potentially coming off the disabled list.