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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: 9999
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Report: Eric Young has the edge over Melvin Upton for CF spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr., a non-roster invitee, appears to have the advantage for the center field gig, after Melvin Upton Jr. went down with a foot injury, reports Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Young is hitting .321/.397/.464 with one home run, eight RBI and five stole bases in 56 at-bats this spring. Upton had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.


Braves' Upton Jr. has hard cast removed, now in walking boot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Braves outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot, according to 680 The Fan. He is now in a walking boot and scheduled to meet with the doctor Thursday.

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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) 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
(2/27/2015) 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
(2/23/2015) 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
(1/24/2015) 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
(1/15/2015) 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.


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.