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B.J. Upton | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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B.J. Upton is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets.
Upton is off to another awful start, batting just .138/.138/.172 with a league-high 13 strikeouts over 29 plate appearances. Jordan Schafer is in center field in his place, and Andrelton Simmons has moved up to the No. 2 spot. Apr 9 - 3:10 PM

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Batting second as expected, B.J. Upton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Brewers on Monday.

Upton is more intriguing for fantasy purposes while batting second, but there's not really any good reason for Fredi Gonzalez to have him up that high until he shows something positive. The experiment won't last long if the Braves remain quiet offensively.
Mar 31 - 5:07 PM

B.J. Upton homered and walked against the Tigers' Max Scherzer in the Braves' loss Thursday.

That's a pretty good day for the Braves' new No. 2 hitter. It was Upton's first homer in 60 at-bats this spring. He's hit .267, but he's also struck out 21 times, so it hasn't been the best of springs by any means.
Mar 27 - 4:36 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is leaning toward batting B.J. Upton second.

Upton doesn't make enough contact to be the prototypical No. 2 hitter, but Gonzalez is willing to give him a shot. We're not fully convinced that he's ready for a rebound after his nightmare 2013, but he makes for a fine late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Mar 25 - 12:22 PM

B.J. Upton went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk Sunday against the Mets.

Upton has his spring average up to .294, though the fact that it's come with no homers and 17 strikeouts in 51 at-bats nullifies any reason for excitement. At least he has shown enough that manager Fredi Gonzalez probably won't be in any hurry to bench him if he starts off April with a couple of 0-for-4s.
Mar 23 - 4:38 PM

B.J. Upton went 2-for-4 and stole his fourth base of the spring Sunday against the Yankees.

Upton stole it off former teammate Brian McCann. Upton isn't hitting for any power this spring, but he does have his average up to .297 in 37 at-bats. Interesting is that he's attempted five steals. Last year, his streak of five straight 30-steal seasons ended when he stole just 12 bases in 17 attempts. If he attempts 40 steals or so this year, he won't need to bounce all of the way back offensively to be a useful fantasy outfielder.
Mar 16 - 4:24 PM

B.J. Upton singled twice and stole his second base of the spring Monday versus the Phillies.

After opening the spring 0-for-4, Upton, who missed Saturday's game with an illness, is 7-for-22 with a couple of doubles in seven games this month. His spring performance hasn't been particularly encouraging or discouraging as of yet. He seems to be making more contact after tweaking his spring over the winter, but he hasn't displayed much power yet.
Mar 10 - 4:15 PM

B.J. Upton was scratched from the Braves starting lineup on Saturday due to an illness.

He's expected to return to the lineup in a day or two. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .200 (4-for-20) with an 8/1 K/BB ratio through his first seven Grapefruit League contests.
Mar 8 - 12:07 PM

B.J. Upton has worked on his swing over the winter, and Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said it's "a lot closer to what it was when he first broke into the league."

Walker watched Upton take swings in an indoor batting cage earlier this week in Tampa, Fla. "The swings I saw work for me," Walker said. "It was a lot different than what we saw last year. It was a lot more simple, with a lot less moving parts." Upton is looking for a big rebound year after batting an embarrassing .184/.268/.289 with nine homers in his first year in Atlanta.
Jan 31 - 9:24 AM

B.J. Upton hit a walkoff RBI single in the Braves' 5-4 victory over the Marlins on Saturday.

Upton collected four hits in all -- matching a personal season-high -- and played the role of hero with his game-winning hit to right-center field in the bottom of the 11th inning. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting just .195/.275/.308 this season but he still has the talent to make a positive fantasy impact down the stretch.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 11:17:00 PM

B.J. Upton notched his first hit since August 7 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

His second-inning single snapped an 0-for-25 hitless streak. Upton may see more at-bats against right-handed starters now that Jason Heyward (jaw) will miss the rest of the season, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez still has the option of using Jordan Schafer and Evan Gattis in the outfield.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:36:00 PM

Making just his second start in a week, B.J. Upton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday against the Mets.

Upton went 10-for-21 in his first five games back from the DL this month, but he's 0-for-24 since and manager Fredi Gonzalez started benching him against righties last week. Perhaps Upton will get a reprieve if Jason Heyward is forced to the DL, though that will hardly be a good thing for the Braves. We just doubt the platooning idea will work.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Saturday that B.J. Upton will return to Sunday's lineup against Nationals' left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

Upton was benched on Saturday for the third straight game against a right-hander. All of those starts have gone to Jordan Schafer, though Fredi Gonzalez declined to label the situation as a platoon. Upton is slashing an egregious .188/.270/.303 through his first 95 games with the Braves. "We're going way too well for me to be worried about what I'm doing," Upton said. "This is bigger than me. This is about the team."
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 09:04:00 AM

B.J. Upton is not in Saturday's lineup.

Upton continues to sit against right-handers and is 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts over his last five games. The Braves will platoon him with Jordan Schafer for now.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 03:17:00 PM

B.J. Upton is 0-for-15 with no walks and seven strikeouts over his last five games.

Upton was spectacular upon activation from the disabled list on August 3, showing no ill-effects of his nearly one-month layoff due to a strained right adductor muscle, going 10-for-21 (.476) with three steals in his first five games. Bad B.J. has shown up to the park ever since. The center fielder is batting an ugly .188/.270/.304 in his first season in Atlanta.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 07:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Ryan Doumit
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Dan Uggla
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Alex Wood
5Aaron Harang
6David Hale
7Gavin Floyd
8Brandon Beachy
9Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Luis Avilan
5Anthony Varvaro
6Ian Thomas
7Gus Schlosser
8Jonny Venters
9Cory Gearrin