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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Padres activated OF Melvin Upton from the 15-day disabled list.

Upton has been out all season due to sesamoiditis in his left foot. He'll join the Padres as a utility outfielder and probably won't take on significant fantasy value unless there's an injury to somebody on the depth chart above him. Upton batted .280/.333/.380 with a homer and four RBI in 13 minor league rehab games.
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Upton has batted .280/.333/.380 with one homer and four steals over 13 rehab contests with Triple-A El Paso. He's been out all season with sesamoiditis in his left foot and doesn't appear to be in line for much playing time with the Padres.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) is nearing the end of his minor league rehab assignment and could rejoin the Padres at some point next week.

The 30-year-old outfielder has logged 12 games already at Triple-A El Paso, slashing .283/.340/.391 with a homer, six RBI and four stolen bases. He'd be an interesting commodity in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues if he were able to work his way into consistent at-bats in the Padres outfield.
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 06:07:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A El Paso.

Upton has been sidelined since early on in spring training due to sesamoiditis in his left foot, so the Padres want him to get 40-50 at-bats during his minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old figures to serve as a backup outfielder once he's ready to join the big club.
Tue, May 19, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

He was supposed to begin his rehab this weekend but it got pushed back to Monday. Upton was acquired from Atlanta in early April. When Upton finally returns, he'll provide outfield depth behind starters Wil Myers, Matt Kemp and his younger brother Justin.
Sat, May 16, 2015 09:19:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso this weekend.

Upton has been sidelined since late February due to sesamoiditis in his left foot, but is finally progressing toward a return to game action. The biggest hurdle to his fantasy value though, is that there doesn't appear to be a clear path to regular at-bats for him in the Padres outfield.
Thu, May 14, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) went 1-for-3 in an extended spring training game on Monday.

It was his first game action since he was diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot back in late February. Upton is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in about a week and could make his season debut in early June. The problem is that, at least at the moment, he has no clear path to playing time in the Padres' crowded outfield.
Mon, May 11, 2015 08:32:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) could begin playing extended spring training games as early as Tuesday.

He's been rehabbing his injured foot at the team's spring training facility in Arizona. Upton is on schedule to begin a rehab assignment in 7-to-10 days and could make his season debut in early June. Upton's role with the Padres remains unclear. San Diego's outfield is already stacked with talent including Melvin's younger brother Justin.
Sat, May 9, 2015 09:07:00 PM

Melvin Upton (foot) is expected to begin running next week at the Padres' spring training complex.

Upton has been hanging out with his new Padres teammates since the April 5 trade, but he'll report to Mesa, Arizona on Friday to begin baseball activities. The outfielder should be ready to join San Diego's active roster sometime in early-to-mid May. He's doubtful to carry much fantasy value this year in the crowded and talented Padres outfield.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 03:22:00 PM

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SS1Alexei Ramirez
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LF1Jon Jay
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CF1Travis Jankowski
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