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Justin Upton

Arizona Diamondbacks — No. 10
Right fielder
Born: August 25, 1987 (1987-08-25) (age 22)
Norfolk, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 31, 2007 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .272
Home runs     43
RBIs     139
Stolen bases     23
Career highlights and awards

Justin Irvin Upton (born August 25, 1987, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American Major League Baseball right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was selected first overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.


Professional career

Justin Upton with the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2006.

He previously an all-district shortstop for Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, and was awarded the AFLAC National High School Player of the Year Award. He is also the brother of Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, who was taken at the number two pick in the 2002 draft.

In his first professional season he played for Class-A South Bend Silver Hawks. He began 2007 with the Class-A Advanced Visalia Oaks, but was promoted to the AA Mobile BayBears after hitting .341 with 5 home runs for the Oaks in April.

Scouts rave about Upton's talent, and he is often compared to current star Ken Griffey, Jr. Baseball Tonight's Peter Gammons stated during an episode that a Major League general manager recently told him that "Upton was the best 20-year-old he's ever seen".[citation needed]


2007: Youngest Player in Baseball

On August 2, 2007, Upton was called up to the big league team at the age of only 19, following an injury to everyday right fielder Carlos Quentin. He made his major league debut exactly three years after his brother B.J. made his for the Devil Rays. When he was called up, the Diamondbacks had star rookie Chris Young at center field, so Upton shifted to right.

Upton recorded his first career major league hit and run scored on August 4, 2007, in his third major league game. His first career RBI came the next day, and his first career home run two days after that. He almost became the youngest player ever to hit for the cycle on that day, falling just a single shy of the milestone.

He finished his rookie campaign with 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, 2 stolen bases, and a .221 batting average. Despite a relatively disappointing start to his career (albeit with limited playing time), he broke out in the 2007 post-season, leading the Diamondbacks to a three game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, making it to the NLCS. He finished the 2007 post-season with an impressive .357 batting average, a double, a triple, a stolen base, and an RBI to go along with an impressive .571 slugging percentage. [1]

2008: Hot Start

In 2008 spring training, Upton hit over .300 with three home runs, 12 RBIs, and four stolen bases, earning the starting right field job over Jeff Salazar. Manager Bob Melvin said that Upton has a "very high ceiling," and that it "wouldn't surprise him" if he had a great 2008 season.[2]

Upton began the season and held the current title of being the youngest active major leaguer second to Clayton Kershaw as of July 31, 2008. Upton collected his first big hit of the 2008 major league season on April 3. In the sixth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds, he broke up a no-hitter in the major league debut of Johnny Cueto with a home run. It was Arizona's only hit of the contest. The next night (April 4), he went 3 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies in their home opener with his second home run of the season. For the third consecutive ballgame on April 5, Upton homered while collecting three hits in a 7-2 Arizona victory. His third home run made him only the third player ever under the age of 21 to hit home runs in three straight games. On April 11, Upton homered off Jeff Francis of Colorado for his fourth home run of 2008 campaign. The home run was in an 8-2 victory that was the seventh straight for Arizona. The very next day (April 12), he and Arizona continued their streaks, with Upton going 3 for 3, hitting a three-run home run to dead center field at Chase Field and the Diamondbacks winning 10-3, marking their eighth straight win. Upton had a career-high four RBIs on the day.

Upton went through a prolonged slump in the month of May that saw him go 0 for 24 with 17 Ks at one point. Upton came out of his slump on May 30 with a home run against the Giants.

On July 6, 2008, Upton hit a 484-foot shot off San Diego Padres' pitcher Josh Banks. It was at that point the second-longest home run in the history of Chase Field. The only longer home run was a 503 ft shot off the bat of Richie Sexson.

Despite getting off to a hot start on the year, cold streaks and a left oblique injury (which resulted in a five week stint on the DL) ruined chances of Upton putting together a great year. However, he finished the year with respectable numbers for a 20 year old, finishing the year with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs, 6 triples, 19 doubles, a stolen base, and a .463 slugging percentage to go along with a .250 batting average. [3]

2009: Breakout Year

Upton got off to a terrible start to the 2009 season, having just one hit in his first 21 at bats (and not getting a hit until April 14th, the sixth game of the year). He finished April with a .250 batting average with just 2 home runs and 8 RBIs.

It was in May, however where Upton turned his season around, collecting 7 home runs, 21 RBIs, 8 doubles, 4 triples, a league leading .709 slugging percentage, to go along with a .373 batting average and a .444 on base percentage. On June 2nd, 2009, Upton was named NL Player of the Month of May by the MLB for his great month. His brother B.J. Upton earned AL Player of the Month of June, making Justin and B.J. the first pair of brothers to win player of the month honors in the same year.

On July 5th, Upton was named to the 2009 All-Star team as a reserve outfielder for the National League.

As of October 10, 2009, Upton lead the Diamondbacks in batting average (.300) and hits (158) to go along with 26 home runs (including his first career grand slam on 6/2/09 against the Dodgers) and 86 RBI. He's also thirteenth in the NL in slugging percentage (.532, third among outfielders) and has compiled 20 stolen bases to go along with 7 triples and 30 doubles. On August 5, 2009 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Upton strained his right oblique trying to steal second base, resulting in a stint on the disabled list. Rookie outfielder Trent Oeltjen had taken over his spot on the roster. [4]

On September 1, 2009, against the Colorado Rockies, Upton was taken out in the top of the third inning after hitting a 420 foot single in his previous at-bat. Thinking the ball to be a home run, he did not hustle to first base, and when the ball short-hopped the wall, he was forced to stay on first base.

Another show of Upton's emotions was on 6/1/09, following a fly-out at Dodger Stadium Upton returned to the dugout and told his helmet, "I'm not going to throw you helmet, I'm not going to throw you." The following game the talk seemed to work, as he hit his first career grand slam.[5]

In 2009, he led all major league right fielders in errors, with 12, and had the lowest fielding percentage among them (.961).[6] Despite this, Justin Upton posted a 7.4 UZR, a statistic some believe to be more telling than errors and fielding%.



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Matt Bush
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
Succeeded by
Luke Hochevar
Preceded by
Lastings Milledge
Youngest Player in the
National League

Succeeded by
Clayton Kershaw

Simple English

Justin Irvin Upton (born August 25, 1987 in Norfolk, Virginia) is a American baseball player. He plays as a Right fielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). Upton was selected first overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2005 MLB Draft and was the Youngest Player in the National League in 2007.

Upton was selected in 2009 for his first All-Star selection.

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