Justin Upton Los Angeles Angels

Age: 34 (August 25, 1987) | 6' 2" | 205lbs. OF-39 LF-39 DH-3 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
DET AL 2017 125 459 81 128 57 147 37 0 28 94 10 5 .279 .362 .542 11 28 .351 37/20/43 26 24
LAA AL 2017 27 98 19 24 17 33 7 0 7 15 4 0 .245 .357 .531 15 29 .293 37/18/45 5 5
LAA AL 2018 145 533 80 137 64 176 18 1 30 85 8 2 .257 .344 .463 10 29 .321 42/22/36 24 22
LAA A+ 2019 6 21 7 7 4 5 1 0 2 6 0 0 .333 .440 .667 16 20 .357 n/a
LAA AL 2019 63 219 34 47 32 78 8 0 12 40 1 1 .215 .309 .416 13 30 .261 38/16/46 5 5
LAA AL 2020 42 147 20 30 11 43 5 0 9 22 0 2 .204 .289 .422 7 26 .219 42/13/45 9 9
LAA AAA 2021 2 7 1 1 1 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 .143 .250 .571 13 50 0.00 n/a
LAA AL 2021 89 318 47 67 39 107 12 0 17 41 4 1 .211 .296 .409 11 30 .254 43/14/43 7 7
Career 15yrs 1828 6673 1056 1748 779 1948 349 38 324 1000 151 59 .262 .343 .471 10 26 .319 n/a
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Could very well end up in Washington. Nats GM Mike Rizzo  was the D Backs scouting director when they drafted him.

van wilhoite LVW
Nov 9 '15

In a bumper crop of free agents, Upton is ranked as the fourth best by Keith Law at ESPN Insider. I can't link you to the full article, but the analysis of Upton is copied here in its entirety, because it's that good.

Upton has had one of the most disappointing 190-homer or 25-WAR or
however you want to measure it careers to date. He has nearly
5,000 career plate appearances and has had just one season, 2011, in
which he played up to the expectations placed on him when he was the No.
1 overall pick in the loaded 2005 draft. (The second pick,
Alex Gordon,
is also on this list.) Upton has shown flashes of that raw ability and
is entering his age-28 season, so I still believe he has some star-level
performances in him, especially since so many little things have gone
wrong for him since 2011, from him playing hurt for most of 2012 to
hitting in mostly pitchers' parks in 2015.

Upton still has outstanding bat speed, with the same quick-twitch actions that made him
the consensus top prospect in that '05 draft (which also included Troy Tulowitzki, Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Braun).
Some of his 2015 stat line -- like hitting .191/.258/.300 off lefties,
or actually hitting worse away from Petco Park -- is just fluky and
won't be repeated, but he's just not that disciplined a hitter; he has
had a longstanding trouble with right-handed sliders and, new in 2015,
difficulty with lefty changeups (in a small sample). He has reached a
point in terms of age and experience when it's irrational to assume
he'll improve in any of these areas, but still rational to price some
small probability of improvement into his value. He is simultaneously a
good bet to be overpriced by the market, and a nonzero bet to beat his
projections by a wide margin.

ESPN.com

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 9 '15

Props to Peter for this projection. If he had projected nine more SB -- and who would? -- it would have been perfect.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 19 '15

I think there are a few factors here.

1) The waivers are revocable.  Consider that the Padres have talked to tons of teams about Upton. So most people know that if they claim Upton, they really aren't going to get him.

2) They could have to eat the contract.  So you better be in the hunt.  In the old days you could eat the contract and get the draft pick, but there is no draft pick if a player changes teams now (the Billy Beane rule).

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Aug 11 '15

Still wearing Padres uniforms, Upton and Kimbrel shone last night, Upton with a 2-run big fly accounting for all the runs, Kimbrel with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Hard to imagine how they can pass through waivers now, but in the crazy new all-in/all-out way the game is played these days -- the real game, not just ours -- you never know.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 11 '15

Over his career, Upton has averaged 1 HR/15.8 ABs for the month of April.

1 HR/25 ABs the rest of the season.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
May 1 '15

Upton in right, Myers in center, Kemp in left

First base will likely be either a convert (Norris, Smith) or more Yonder.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Dec 19 '14
Can Kemp play 1B?  If his hips are that arthritic...
Gary Cruciani Megary
Dec 19 '14
More like the 2014 Dodgers minus Kershaw ... too many outfielders ... but I'm OK with that, most of them are hurt ... will be fun to hear Padres' fans complain about losing games 9-7 ... we're so used to losing them 3-1 ...
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Dec 19 '14
Rotoworld is saying he's headed to the Padres, or as they are now called, the '27 Yankees
Keith Prosseda andypro
Dec 19 '14