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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 crushed two home runs to lead the Padres to a 13-4 whipping of the Reds on Friday.
He finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored two runs. He now has 11 home runs on the season. Upton was one of the worst hitters in the league his two years in Atlanta but has been pretty good since moving to San Diego last year. His owners could benefit from a 20 homer, 30 steal season from Upton if he continues his current pace. He has stolen 16 bases this year and has stolen 40 or more three times in his career -- most recently in 2010 however. Jun 25 - 12:01 AM

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Melvin Upton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored Thursday against the Reds.

The stolen base was the 16th in 20 tries for Upton this season. He's now got six multi-hit games in his last 10 contests, batting .375 with two homers, five RBI and nine runs scored in that stretch. The 31-year-old is experiencing a mini career resurgence with the Padres this year, batting .257/.308/.404 with those 16 steals and nine homers overall.
Jun 23 - 11:52 PM

Melvin Upton went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs as the Padres rolled over the Nationals 6-3 in Sunday's series finale.

Upton continues his resurgent season at the dish with another fine effort on Sunday. The elder Upton is now hitting .255/.308/.409 with nine homers, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases on the season. He has been one of the biggest surprises in the first half of the MLB season and a true difference maker in fantasy leagues.
Jun 19 - 10:04 PM

Melvin Upton went 3-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and two total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Upton struck for a solo homer against Marlins starter Justin Nicolino with one out in the second inning. The dinger was his ninth of the season and he is now slashing .246/.301/.411. He has stolen 13 bases and driven in an even 30 runs across 236 at-bats.
Jun 15 - 7:42 PM

Melvin Upton is not in the Padres starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

It's just a day of rest for the elder Upton brother who is having a resurgent season hitting .243/.305/.381 with six homers, 23 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Travis Jankowski will start in his place in left field and bat eighth against Jon Gray and the Rockies.
Jun 5 - 5:19 PM

Melvin Upton went 2-for-6 with a two-run single in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

Upton capped off a seven-run Padres fifth with a two-run single to make the score 12-2. That wouldn't even be the biggest inning of the game, though. The Mariners came roaring back with five runs in the sixth inning and a whopping nine in the seventh to turn a certain loss into a stunning comeback win. For the season, Upton is slashing .251/.312/.395 with six homers, 23 RBI and 11 steals in 195 at-bats.
Jun 3 - 3:57 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
3Adam Rosales
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
4Ryan Schimpf
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Tyson Ross
2Andrew Cashner
3Drew Pomeranz
4Cesar Vargas
5Christian Friedrich
6Colin Rea
7Erik Johnson
8Luis Perdomo
9Robbie Erlin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Buchter
2Brandon Maurer
3Matt Thornton
4Brad Hand
5Jon Edwards
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Paul Clemens
9Buddy Baumann