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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%: 26/14 | Average Draft Position: 232.10
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Report: Braves/Astros discussed deal for Evan Gattis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Braves and Astros discussed a possible trade for catcher Evan Gattis, according to FoxSports.com.

The deal comes with a twist, as Atlanta reportedly told Houston that they would have to take B.J. Upton as well. Upton still has $46.35 million on his contract, and the Astros were hesitant to take on that much money. The Braves were said to be targeting center fielder Dexter Fowler. Catcher Carlos Corporan's name also came up in conversations. 


Gonzalez: B.J. Upton open to 'complete reconstruction of swing'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Although Braves outfielder B.J. Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors, the team is preparing for the scenario Upton remains on the roster in 2015. Manager Fredi Gonzalez seems optimistic the team can get Upton on the right track after his first two seasons in Atlanta have been disappointing.

"We need to get better with B.J. in center field," Gonzalez told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. "(Hitting coach) Kevin Seitzer is optimistic and B.J. is open to anything, including complete reconstruction of swing."

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. He hit .255 with a .336 on-base percentage, .422 slugging percentage and .758 OPS in his first eight seasons with the Rays.


Report: Braves trying to trade struggling OF B.J. Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Braves are trying to trade struggling outfielder B.J. Upton and won't give up trying to trade him anytime soon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta would like to get out from at least part of the approximate $46 million they owe him over the next three seasons by including him in a deal for a player that other teams want.

Upton has struggled in his two seasons since signing a five-year, $75.25 million contract with Atlanta. He has hit .198 with a .314 slugging percentage and .593 OPS in 267 games since 2013.

"It’s been a complete collapse offensively," said John Hart, the Braves' new president of baseball operations.

However, if the Braves can't trade Upton, then they are hoping new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer will be able to get Upton's career back on track.

"You look at it on the positive side -- B.J.’s still 30 years old. He’s in incredible shape," Hart said. "I’ve visited with him; we’ve had meetings. He is absolutely game-on with making some adjustments. I think that’s a big part of it, too. This is a player that, although he’s got his contract, he’s not happy. He’s not happy with what has happened, and I think that’s a big part if you’re going to make a change and make an adjustment."


Braves coach to work with Upton, Heyward, Simmons in offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) New Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has been asked to work with outfielder B.J. Upton, shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Jason Heyward in the offseason, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

All three players struggled offensively in 2014. Heyward did hit .271, but he slugged just .384 and had 11 home runs. Simmons hit .244 with seven home runs and 46 RBI, while Upton hit .208 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI.


B.J. Upton swats 11th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Upton's fifth-inning blast broke a scoreless tie, and he's now homered twice in 16 at-bats this month. Upton has hit .207/.284/.333 with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 484 at-bats.


B.J. Upton benched for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Struggling Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is out of the Thursday lineup against the visiting Dodgers.

Upton has just four hits in 34 at-bats in August. His average has fallen to .210, though he does have two home runs in the last six games.


B.J. Upton homers in loss to Dodgers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Braves center fielder B.J. Upton hasn't been getting many hits lately - his last multi-hit game was achieved on July 31 - but two of his most recent ones have traveled out of the park.

Upton slugged his second home run in four games Tuesday against the Dodgers. He drilled a solo job in the fourth inning. But he still only has four hits in his last 31 at-bats.


B.J. Upton finally goes deep in defeat of Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) The Braves had been waiting since June 24 for B.J. Upton to hit a home run. They are waiting no longer.

An inning after his brother Justin got Atlanta off on the right foot against Washington on Friday night with a two-run blast, B.J. followed suit to end a 1-for-17 slide. Upton is still crawling along with a stat line of .212/.281/.333.


B.J. Upton absent from Monday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Braves leadoff hitter and center fielder B.J. Upton is grabbing some pine for the Monday afternoon game against visiting San Diego. Jordan Schafer is set to start in both spots instead.

Upton has been solid and consistent since moving to the top of the order. He has been particularly productive lately with seven hits and seven runs scored in the last six games.


B.J. Upton justifying placement into leadoff spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) The hunch of Fredi Gonzalez to hoist B.J. Upton into the leadoff position for the Braves was criticized by many, but has proven to be justified. Upton has thrived in that spot.

Upton owns a 10-game hitting streak. And though he managed just one hit in nine of those games, his average has creeped up from .202 and .211. More importantly, he has scored eight runs in that period. His two hits and stolen base keyed a Friday defeat of Arizona.

"Hopefully, I'll keep coming," he told MLB.com. "Whether it's drawing a walk or getting a hit, my job is to get on base for the guys behind me. That's the way it's been working for the last week or so."


B.J. Upton, Justin Upton homer in same game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Braves outfielders B.J. Upton and Justin Upton both knocked solo home runs in their team's 3-2 win over the Astros Tuesday.

It was the fourth time since the brothers joined the Braves last season that they both homered in the same game, but the previous three instances all came in April 2013. B.J. owns a .203/.272/.337 line with seven home runs, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 276 at-bats. Justin has hit .271/.343/.504 with 15 home runs, 39 RBI and six stolen bases in 258 at-bats.


B.J. Upton hitting leadoff Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is hitting leadoff Tuesday.

It will be the first time Upton has hit out of the leadoff role all year. He's hitting just .202/.272/.327 over 272 at-bats, so the move is curious. Upton will take on Scott Feldman Tuesday.


B.J. Upton benched Wednesday - and maybe longer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is absent from the Wednesday lineup against Philadelphia, leading to speculation that he has been permanently benched.

Upton has actually been comparatively hot lately. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, but is just 9 for 40 during that stretch and owns an unproductive .209/.281/.344 stat line on the year. He is also second in the majors to Ryan Howard in strikeouts with 85.


Braves considering making changes to lineup?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) With Braves catcher prospect Christian Bethancourt on a roll offensively at Triple-A Gwinnett, Atlanta has started toying with the idea of shaking up their lineup, according to MLB.com.

The lineups moves would include moving catcher Evan Gattis to left field, Justin Upton to right field, Jason Heyward to center field and struggling outfielder B.J. Upton to the bench. The lineup changes would create an opening for Bethancourt to start at catcher.

Bethancourt has always been lauded for his defense, but the 22-year-old catcher is beginning to improve offensively. He is batting .312 with a .764 OPS in his last 37 games at Triple-A.

"We're hearing [Bethancourt] right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're paying attention."


B.J. Upton slugs sixth home run in loss to Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Braves left fielder B.J. Upton has been hitting a little better lately - and it showed Thursday in Colorado.

Upton managed just one hit, but it was a two-run homer in the eighth inning. He has six taters on the year, but three have come in the last three weeks.


B.J. Upton scratches from lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) The Braves scratched outfielder B.J. Upton from the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks, as he could not get to the ballpark on time following the birth of his child. He is expected to be available off the bench, however, and could be starting by Saturday.  

B.J. Upton homers in victory over Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Big moments for Braves outfielder B.J. Upton have been rare the past two seasons. But he managed to record one Thursday night with a solo home run in the sixth inning against Milwaukee that launched a comeback resulting in a victory.

Upton still has just four hits in his last 27 at-bats and a .200 batting average that is nevertheless 16 points higher than what he achieved in 2013.


B.J. Upton ejected for arguing balls and strikes


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Giants in the sixth inning, following his third strikeout of the game.

Upton was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire, finishing the game 0 for 3. The hitless performance dropped Upton's average to .207 for the season. 


B.J. Upton homers in loss vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton went 2 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 4-2 loss to the Giants Monday.

Upton had a double in addition to his third home run of the season, giving him two of the Braves' three hits in the loss. He has hit .211/.287/.352 with eight RBI and seven stolen bases in 126 at-bats.


B.J. Upton hits second homer in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Braves outfielder B.J. Upton provided a rare spark Thursday against the Marlins, as he hit his second home run of the season in a 5-4 loss.

Upton put the Braves up early with a three-run home run in the third inning, but that was all he provided in the loss. He finished the game 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout in the loss.

Upton had gone nearly three weeks without putting one over the wall, as he continues to struggle with his swing. He is hitting just .214/.294/.327 in 98 at-bats. 


B.J. Upton giving prescription glasses a try


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) In an attempt to make more progress at the plate, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton wore prescription glasses for the first time in his career Friday night against the Reds. Upton went 1 for 4 with an infield single in a 5-4 win.

"I could just see the ball a lot more clearly on both sides of the field, offensively and defensively," Upton said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Upton started the year on an 0-for-11 slump, but has since raised his batting average to .207 with one home run and two RBI through 22 games.

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."