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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 went 0-for-5 from the leadoff spot Monday in a loss to the Marlins.
Believe it or not, Upton has scored 15 runs in his 22 games as a leadoff man. Still, we're talking about a guy with a .270 OBP this season. It's ridiculous that he's getting set up to get more at-bats than everyone else in the Braves lineup. Jul 21 - 11:24 PM

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B.J. Upton collected a couple of singles and a walk Monday in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Mets.

The Braves got four of their runs in the eighth, when pitcher Jeurys Familia, center fielder Juan Lagares and third baseman Eric Campbell all committed errors. Apart from that, the Braves didn't really make any noise when they weren't getting help. Still, it was good enough. Upton has now hit in seven straight games, though this was his first multihit game of the streak (all of the rest were 1-for-4s or 1-for-5s). Even with the "surge," he ends the month hitting .198, dropping his overall average from .216 to .209.
Jun 30 - 11:33 PM

B.J. Upton went 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season as the Braves held on to beat the Astros 3-2 on Tuesday.

Upton hit a solo home run in the third inning, and his brother, Justin, hit a solo shot in the fourth. For B.J., the homer was his first since June 12. He'd also gone a stretch of eight games without an RBI before Tuesday. He's got just 22 RBI in 72 games this year.
Jun 25 - 12:02 AM

B.J. Upton will hit leadoff against the Astros on Tuesday.

It will be his first start out of the leadoff spot this season. It's an interesting choice given that Upton has just three hits in his last 23 at-bats and owns an underwhelming .202/.272/.327 batting line on the year, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't ready to give up on him yet. Tommy La Stella will bat second Tuesday.
Jun 24 - 3:44 PM

B.J. Upton hit his sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot off Adam Ottavino, in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

The homer gave him just his second multi-RBI game of the season. The other came courtesy of a three-run homer back on May 1. The best that can be said about Upton's campaign to date is that he hasn't been as much of a liability as last year. That's especially true for fantasy purposes; he's already two-thirds of the way to last year's homer total, five-sixths of the way to last year's steal total (10 vs. 12) and ninth-tenths of the way to last year's run total (27 to 30). He still hasn't been good by any means.
Jun 12 - 6:08 PM

B.J. Upton was scratched from the Braves starting lineup on Friday.

Upton will be arriving to the ballpark late as he was with his girlfriend for the birth of their child. He should be available off the bench and return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Jun 6 - 7:04 PM

B.J. Upton went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored against the Mariners on Tuesday.

He also stole his ninth base of the year. Upton hit the home run, his fifth of the year, off Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez in the second inning. After reaching base in his first two at-bats, Upton struck out in his final three plate appearances. He's now hit in five straight games, bringing his average up to .221.
Jun 3 - 10:31 PM

B.J. Upton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and drew a walk in a win over the Marlins on Friday.

Upton's sacrifice fly off Tom Koehler in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the ballgame. While he played hero on Friday, Upton hasn't seen a marked improvement at the plate since he started wearing glasses. He's hitting just .209 in May.
May 30 - 10:20 PM

B.J. Upton went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

Upton went deep against Matt Garza in the sixth inning for his fourth blast of the season. The center fielder got his OPS back over .600, a dubious achievement. Despite wearing glasses at the plate, Upton isn't having any more success than he did during his dismal 2013, slashing .200/.282/.335.
May 22 - 10:50 PM

B.J. Upton had an especially rough day at the plate in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

The dismal effort drops Upton's already disappointing season slash to .203/.272/.329 with 56 strikeouts in 141 at-bats. The Braves have already dropped him down in the lineup, but perhaps it's nearing the point where he should be sat down altogether.
May 17 - 4:51 PM

B.J. Upton was ejected from Wednesday's game in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Upton had just struck out for the eighth time in the series and the sixth time looking. The last pitch he saw was clearly a ball -- a few inches outside -- and it's not surprising his frustration boiled over.
May 14 - 6:08 PM

B.J. Upton went 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

Since he started wearing glasses, Upton has hit safely in five consecutive games, though he's logged just five hits in 22 trips to the plate overall. It's tough to say if they're actually making a difference. Regardless, he was a big factor in the Braves' offense on Thursday, taking Henderson Alvarez deep to left field for a three-run blast in the third inning to put the Braves on top 3-2. He also swiped his fifth bag in six attempts.
May 1 - 10:24 PM

Wearing some new glasses, B.J. Upton went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored Friday against the Reds.

Upton has struggled to get anything going since joining the Braves last offseason, so you can't blame him for trying something different. For what it's worth, he said after the game that he was seeing the ball better both offensively and defensively.
Apr 25 - 11:07 PM

B.J. Upton singled in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

The Braves managed just four hits on the day. Upton has struggled to get anything going in the early part of the season, hitting just .190/.242/.293 with three extra-base hits (one home run) and an 18/4 K/BB ratio through 62 plate appearances. If the struggles out of the No. 2 spot continue, look for Andrelton Simmons to move up in the order.
Apr 17 - 3:48 PM

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

Depth Charts

C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6Cory Gearrin
7Jonny Venters
8David Hale
9Chasen Shreve