Atlanta Braves
2015 Avg.
.000
 
Career Avg.
.243
Name  Melvin Upton Jr
Born  8/21/1984
Height  6-3
Weight  185
Number  2
Position  CF
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/5/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder Melvin Upton has been reunited with his brother, Justin, in San Diego.
Insight: Atlanta wanted to dump Upton's contract, which is $14.45 million this year and more than $15 million each of the next two seasons. San Diego also acquired closer Craig Kimbrel in the deal. Upton is projected to play in the outfield somewhere, but that is unknown at the moment as Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp were already in the outfield for the Padres.
 
4/4/2015 9:36:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder Melvin Upton (sesamoiditis in left foot) was officially placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Upton is not expected to return until mid-May. Eric Young Jr. will get a shot at the starting job and if he gets off to a fast start, Upton may not be able to get back into the starting lineup. Upton batted just .208 last season with 12 HR and 35 RBI in 519 at-bats.
 
2/27/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder Melvin Upton will likely begin the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis.
Insight: Sesamoiditis is a condition when the bone behind the foot becomes inflamed. Upton will not resume baseball activities until the beginning of April at the earliest, which is unforunate because he is need of a bounce-back year. Eric Young Jr., Eury Perez, and Zoilo Almonte are the candidates to fill in for Upton.
 
9/28/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is 0-for-17 lifetime against Cole Hamels.
Insight: After smashing his 12th homer of the year last night, it will interesting to see if Upton is in the lineup today against Philadelphia, as it could be his last game as a Brave.
 
9/13/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Upton has had a rough season, batting .207 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI, so Emilio Bonifacio is taking away some of his playing time. Bonifacio will be in center field on Saturday.
 
9/12/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is a career .474 hitter (9-for-19) with four extra-base hits and a 1.384 OPS versus Texas starter Derek Holland.
Insight: He's also stolen three bases with Holland on the mound. That's the good news. The bad news is Upton is batting .207 this season with 11 homers and 34 RBI and just 1-for-9 in three games this week.
 
Cold9/1/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton should be getting Monday afternoon off as he's never figured out Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Upton is hitless in 18 tries against Hamels. The best he's managed is a walk and he's struck out five times. We suspect you weren't tempted on using Upton anyway, what with his .207 batting average and .607 OPS. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
 
7/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting Monday afternoon off.
Insight: Upton is batting .217 with a .623 OPS which is actually an improvement on last season, but since leaving Tampa Bay in 2012 he hasn't had any fantasy value whatsoever.
 
6/18/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: For only the second time this season, the Braves will feature a lineup without any of the two Upton brothers. B.J. has been the least productive of the two, batting just .209 in 66 games.
 
6/16/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton could be given a day off Monday with an unfavorable matchup on the horizon.
Insight: Upton (.209, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB) had a solid series against Anaheim, but is hitless in 12 tries against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Avoid him even if he's in the lineup.
 
6/6/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton won't start Friday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Jody Jackson, Fox Sports Arizona
Insight: Upton (.217, 5 HR, 15 RBI) left the team to see the birth of his child but he should be available off the bench. Jordan Schafer (.129, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at center field.
 
Cold5/18/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the lineup Sunday after striking out four times Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Upton's new pair of glasses has not helped him get back on track. He has gone 6-for-35 (.171) with a whopping 22 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
 
Cold5/17/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton picked up a Golden Sombrero Saturday at St. Louis.
Insight: So much for a new pair of glasses helping Upton get back on track. He has gone 6-for-35 (.171) with a whopping 22 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
 
Cold4/16/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee has struck out Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton 14 times in 36 at-bats.
Insight: Upton hit .184 with a .557 OPS in 391 at-bats last year and he's off to a .180 start with a .526 OPS in 2014. He can be dropped in mixed leagues.
 
9/17/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is 10-for-34 (.294) with five home runs and a 1.059 OPS versus Washington right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Upton continues to struggle, batting .190 this season with nine homers and 26 RBI, but this is a rare favorable matchup. Start him against Haren in the first game of the doubleheader.
 
9/16/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is 10-for-34 (.294) with five home runs and a 1.059 OPS versus Washington right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Upton continues to struggle, batting .190 this season with nine homers and 26 RBI, but this is a rare favorable matchup.
 
9/2/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton used to face Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka all the time when Upton was on Tampa Bay and Matsuzaka pitched for the Red Sox. Usually, it didn't work out in Upton's favor.
Insight: He's just 3-for-18 in his career against the man who invented the gyroball (supposedly). Five of those 18 encounters ended with Upton striking out.
 
Cold8/17/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: Slumping Braves center fielder B.J. Upton has been given the day off. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton is hitless in his last five games with seven strikeouts over that span. Jordan Schafer will get the start in center Saturday against Washington.
 
Hot8/7/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton extended his hitting streak to five games with a four-hit performance Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: He's batting .476 since his return from the disabled list. Upton's last four-hit game before Wednesday came on August 17, 2012 against the Angels.
 
8/6/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton has hit safely in all four games since coming off the disabled list.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with two steals and a run Tuesday against Washington. Of course, he also struck out twice in the game and has fanned seven times in 16 at-bats since the team activated him. Upton is nearing the Mendoza line, but he still has just eight homers and 10 steals one year after blasting 28 longballs and swiping 31 bags.