Justin Upton, Left Field, Los Angeles Angels
Date of Birth: 8/25/1987
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia
Justin Upton, left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels, 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 Detroit 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.
The Tigers traded Upton to the Angels on August 31, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 152 hits, career highs in doubles with 44, home runs with 35, and RBIs with 109. He struck out 180 times and walked 74 times and he batted .273 in 125 games with the Tigers and 27 games with the Angels. Defensively, as a left fielder in 151 games, he made 318 putouts and 8 errors. He had a .976 fielding percentage.
Upton won his third Silver Slugger award in 2017.
Career batting statistics for Upton through 2017 include:
- 1,489 games played
- 1,467 hits
- 306 doubles
- 256 home runs
- 138 stolen bases
- 812 RBIs
- 1,544 strikeouts to 633 walks
- .269 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Upton as a right fielder through 2017 include:
- 769 games played
- 1,536 putouts
- 50 errors
- .969 fielding percentage
Career fielding statistics for Upton as a left fielder through 2017 include:
- 701 games played
- 1,251 putouts
- 27 errors
- .979 fielding percentage