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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. 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2Brett Wallace
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Adam Rosales
3Alexi Amarista
LF1Melvin Upton
2Jabari Blash
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
Starting Pitcher
S1Tyson Ross
2James Shields
3Andrew Cashner
4Drew Pomeranz
5Colin Rea
6Cesar Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Brandon Maurer
4Matt Thornton
5Jon Edwards
6Carlos Villanueva
7Ryan Buchter
8Luis Perdomo
9Buddy Baumann
10Robbie Erlin
11Brad Hand
12Michael Kirkman