Justin Upton, Left Field, Detroit Tigers, #8


Date of Birth: 8/25/1987
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia
Current Salary: $22,125,000

Justin Upton, left fielder for the Detroit Tigers, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 and he made his first appearance in a D-Backs uniform in August, 2007. In 140 at-bats that season, he batted only .221, with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. Upton didn't show his potential until 2009, when he batted .300, with 158 hits, 30 doubles, 26 home runs, and 20 stolen bases.

In March, 2010, Upton signed a six-year contract extension with the D-Backs. Upton continued to play well for the Diamondbacks, with his best season in 2011. That year, he won a Silver Slugger award and had 171 hits, 39 doubles, 31 home runs, and 21 stolen bases.

Upton was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Atlanta Braves in January, 2013. He played on the same team as his brother Melvin Upton, Jr. in 2013 and 2014. In his first season with the Braves, Upton batted .263 with 147 hits, 27 doubles, and 27 home runs in 149 games. He won his second Silver Slugger award in 2014. He finished the season with 153 hits, 34 doubles, 29 home runs, 102 RBIs, and a .270 batting average in 154 games.

Upton was traded to the San Diego Padres on December 19, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with 136 hits, 26 doubles, 26 home runs, 19 stolen bases, 81 RBIs, and a .251 batting average in 150 games. As a left fielder, he made 235 putouts and 3 errors in 146 games.

On January 18, 2016, Upton signed a six-year, $132.75 million contract with the Tigers. He finished the 2016 season with a .246 batting average, 140 hits, 28 doubles, a career high 31 home runs, and 87 RBIs. Defensively, as a left fielder, he made 253 putouts and 4 errors in 146 games.

Career batting statistics for Upton through 2016 include:

  • 1,337 games played
  • 1,315 hits
  • 262 doubles
  • 221 home runs
  • 124 stolen bases
  • 703 RBIs
  • 1,364 strikeouts to 559 walks
  • .268 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Upton as a right fielder through 2016 include:

  • 769 games played
  • 1,536 putouts
  • 50 errors
  • .969 fielding percentage

Career fielding statistics for Upton as a left fielder through 2016 include:

  • 550 games played
  • 933 putouts
  • 19 errors
  • .980 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Justin Upton
ESPN Sports - Justin Upton