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Melvin Upton | Outfielder | #2

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / TB
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Melvin Upton hit a two-run homer off Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth to give the Padres a 7-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday.
Upton's revival in San Diego has been a great story, and he'll make for pretty intriguing trade bait this summer if the Padres are willing to cover part half of his $16.45 million salary for next year. He's been playing like a quality regular since right around the All-Star break last year, and he's at .266 with six homers and a .787 OPS so far this season. May 21 - 2:28 AM

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Melvin Upton hit one of the Padres' four home runs Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with two RBI in a marathon 8-7, 12-inning win over the Brewers.

Upton finished the proverbial triple shy of the cycle, with his solo home run in the 12th inning adding an insurance run after Derek Norris broke a tie with his homer immediately before. The four-hit night upped Upton's line to .282/.366/.460 with five home runs, 16 RBI, 16 runs scored and seven steals on the year. The homer was his third in his last six contests.
May 15 - 12:28 AM

Melvin Upton went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

Upton also doubled in the contest, finishing that elusive triple shy of the cycle. The RBI single came in the fourth inning before he added the insurance home run, his fourth of the season, in the ninth inning. Upton's fingerprints were all over this game, as he scored the second run of the game as well. The three-hit evening raised his overall line to .267/.353/.422 with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored.
May 13 - 12:23 AM

Melvin Upton went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Cubs.

Upton drove a Jon Lester pitch for a solo blast, his third homer of the season. It ended a 20-game homerless streak, and it was also his first RBI in the month of May. Upton has also stopped stealing bases in recent weeks, making his .257/.344/.385 line a lot less appealing.
May 11 - 12:44 AM

Melvin Upton Jr. was ejected from Sunday's game against the Cardinals for arguing balls and strikes.

Upton took exception to a called third strike and made sure the home plate umpire got to hear it. Before departing, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. He's now slashing .258/.347/.419 with eight RBI on the year.
Apr 24 - 7:32 PM

Melvin Upton belted a walk-off two-run homer off Rubby De La Rosa in the 14th inning to push the Padres to a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Upton ended the game with three hits and a stolen base. He's now hitting .293/.341/.463 on the season, and he's pushing for fantasy relevance once again with two homers and three stolen bases. If he's able to keep his strikeout rate under control (it's only 20.5 percent right now), Upton could have sneaky value in NL-only and really deep mixed leagues because he bats in the middle of the Padres' batting order and could see some extra RBI opportunities. Unfortunately, he's fighting against a good deal of track record to get to that point.
Apr 17 - 2:19 AM

Melvin Upton Jr. singled and stole a base as the Padres' cleanup hitter on Friday.

Upton also hit cleanup on Thursday, but it seemed like that was only because Matt Kemp was resting. That he was back tonight with Kemp playing and Wil Myers moved up to the two hole suggests it's more of a permanent switch, not that anything in the Padres lineup should be taken as especially permanent. Upton still wouldn't seem to have any mixed-league value at the moment, but it's worth keeping an eye on him.
Apr 16 - 2:50 AM

Melvin Upton is starting in left field and batting eighth for the Padres on Friday versus the Rockies.

Upton sat in favor of Jabari Blash in the last game, but he's back out there Friday. He's hitless in his first six at-bats of the season.
Apr 8 - 12:38 PM

Melvin Upton Jr. reached base three times and stole a base Friday in the loss to the White Sox.

Upton will open the season batting eighth, but he was one of the Padres' best players in the second half of last year and he's remained pretty good this spring, hitting .294 with a team-high seven doubles, a triple and a homer in 51 at-bats. He should get the chance to move up if he keeps hitting.
Apr 2 - 1:38 AM

Melvin Upton Jr. went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles versus the Rockies on Friday.

Upton has quietly hit .270/.328/.461 in 115 at-bats since the All-Star break, while continuing to play pretty good defense in center. It should give the Padres some confidence that they won't need to spend on a center fielder this winter, with Upton returning and young Travis Jankowski also perhaps ready to compete for a job.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 02:13:00 AM

Melvin Upton went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI as the Padres beat the Braves on Tuesday.

Upton hit an RBI single to pad the Padres' lead to 2-0 in the fourth, hit a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 4-0, and added another two-run shot in the seventh to make it 9-0. It's his first two-homer game since June 15, 2013 and his first five-RBI game since September 3, 2011. Though Upton has only come to the plate 136 times this season, he has a respectable .242/.304/.419 batting line with five home runs and 13 RBI.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 01:25:00 AM

Melvin Upton Jr. went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Upton put the Padres on the board with a solo home run off of Brewers starter Matt Garza in the fifth inning. It was his third home run of the season and would be the only run his team scored in the entire game. While he's not posting firework lines every night, the Melvin species of Upton has been playing well since early July and has worked his overall batting line to .240/.318/.396 over 96 at-bats.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Melvin Upton Jr. went 2-for-2 with a double off the bench Wednesday and is batting .288 in 589 at-bats since the beginning of July.

Upton probably prefers it this way, but if the Padres had traded his brother, he'd be getting quite a bit more playing time right now. He got off to a slow start after first coming off the DL in June and he still has just two homers on the season, but he hasn't been bad lately.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 12:45:00 AM

Melvin Upton went 3-for-3 with a solo home run Friday against the Rangers.

A rare big day at the plate for Upton. The 30-year-old came into Friday's action with a .170 batting average on the year. He's now up to .214. We're not expecting many nights like this one moving forward.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 12:11:00 AM

Melvin Upton, as a pinch-hitter, singled and stole a base in the Padres' loss to the Athletics on Monday.

Upton pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot in the seventh inning, singling to left-center to put runners on the corners with two outs. It marked his first hit of the 2015 season in 11 plate appearances. He stole second base but was stranded. Upton figures to serve in a utility outfield role for the Padres. While the speed potential is there -- he stole 20 bases last season despite hitting .208 -- he doesn't have much fantasy utility at the moment.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 01:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
3Adam Rosales
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2James Shields
3Andrew Cashner
4Drew Pomeranz
5Cesar Vargas
6Christian Friedrich
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Brandon Maurer
3Carlos Villanueva
4Matt Thornton
5Jon Edwards
6Ryan Buchter
7Luis Perdomo
8Buddy Baumann
9Brad Hand
10Keith Hessler
11Robbie Erlin