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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
 Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:41 pm 
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Nice bit of trade value boosting for JUp just now.

After a rain delay, hit a 3 run HR off of the Mets closer to give the Padres the lead. Back in a rain delay now.

HRed in 3 of his last 4 games.

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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I told my mets buddy yesterday they should have gone for J-UP hes a M-E-T-S KILLER!~


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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:38 pm 
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After struggling in June and July it looks like his bat is heating up again.

Just hit his 20th HR of the year off of David Holmberg. Also his 15th in Petco park, tied Will Venable (2013) for the season record.

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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JoeCB91 wrote:
After struggling in June and July it looks like his bat is heating up again.

Just hit his 20th off of David Holmberg. Also his 15th in Petco park, tied Will Venable (2013) for the season record.



He is one of the 5 worst Right Handed hitters vs. left handers coming into tonight. Strange. I mean like Chris owings bad. Look it up.

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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shoewizard wrote:
JoeCB91 wrote:
After struggling in June and July it looks like his bat is heating up again.

Just hit his 20th off of David Holmberg. Also his 15th in Petco park, tied Will Venable (2013) for the season record.



He is one of the 5 worst Right Handed hitters vs. left handers coming into tonight. Strange. I mean like Chris owings bad. Look it up.


I did see that a while back, surprising, he normally does very well against LHP.

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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Fun moment here after a play at 2nd base

https://vine.co/v/eTgD5wTAqHi

The full video

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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Was looking at some video clips from the Padres' last game and this double he hit amused me.

Probably a bit of the Coors factor involved, but it looked like he barely swung and the ball still went far enough to bounce off the wall. The color commentator is laughing at it too.

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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Ouch

Wasn't able to brace himself in time running after a grounder by the LF wall and hit his head on the padding. Was able to walk off with assistance from one of the trainers though.

EDIT: They said it was a neck strain after the game

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:40 pm 
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Justin certainly isn't going to get Second Coming money like we all thought (hoped) he could be when he first came up, but I was just looking at his overall career numbers, and he's going to get a nice contract from someone. The fact that he's heading into his age-28 season doesn't hurt him either.

I wonder if he'll be a backup plan for the Mets if they can't re-sign Cespedes.

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Ryan wrote:
Justin certainly isn't going to get Second Coming money



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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:45 am 
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Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer wrote:
Which former uber prospect/OF will be the better performer over the life of his next contract -- Justin Upton or Jason Heyward?

Upton, 28, has been a regular since 2009. Since his first full season, he ranks eighth among MLB outfielders with 173 home runs and 12th in slugging percentage at .478 (minimum: 2,500 plate appearances). But Upton's free agency comes with some caveats and questions: Is he more a No. 5 hitter than a guy who should be relied on as the centerpiece of a lineup? How will his body type hold up into his mid-30s? And if he adds more bulk, how will that affect his defense, which is already regarded as average at best in baseball circles?

"I trust Upton's ability to be a run producer more than Heyward's ability to manage that swing type,'' a National League scout said. "He has a late, hard trigger, and it needs a lot of maintenance. Hitters get better in St. Louis because the Cardinals have a plan and they're good at working with guys long-term. If Heyward goes someplace else, he's going to need someone to help him with that swing. I'm not sure that will happen in a market where he gets the most money.''

The outfielders' wins-above-replacement totals reflect their respective sales pitches. Upton has a 22.5 career offensive WAR and a minus-3.5 on defense in the Baseball-reference.com calculations. Heyward has a career 17.5 career offensive WAR, with a 9.8 on defense.

"I really have a pet peeve with Heyward,'' an AL talent evaluator said. "So much of his value is tied up in defense that it makes me nervous giving him a huge deal. The speed and defense will begin to erode in the 30s and then you are left with a tweener bat [13, 11, 14 HRs in past three years]. Upton is two years older, but the consistency with the power gives him more offensive value going forward.''

"If Upton were to get in a Toronto-type lineup, he would prosper,'' an AL scout said. "If Heyward got into a Kansas City-like offense, he would prosper. Upton is the 'hurt-you-with-power/run-production guy.' Heyward is a keep-the-line-moving guy who really contributes on the defensive side of the ball -- a more well-rounded player. It really depends on what you are trying to put on the field. For my money, I think Heyward will have the more consistent career and will be involved with more winning teams.''

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14080 ... ball-execs

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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I wrote my own Heyward vs. Upton post HERE

I disagree with the scouts in the Crasnick Article. Check out mine and tell me what you think

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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So will Upton sign soon now that Heyward has set the OF market? The Mets would make a lot of sense for him, IMO, assuming they don't pony up to keep Cespedes.

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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I saw something about Baltimore looking at him, I'd like to see him end up there.

Pretty sure that at least he won't end up with the Giants.

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Thats very possible landing spot for him...considering where he's from.

I kind of always thought Rizzo might have another go at him for the Nationals as well

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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JoeCB91 wrote:
I saw something about Baltimore looking at him, I'd like to see him end up there.

Pretty sure that at least he won't end up with the Giants.


J-Up needs to have a conversation with Victor Conte. He got Barry's batted balls to travel just fine in SF. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:14 pm 
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I see him landing in either Washington or Baltimore

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:42 am 
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Interesting article about how free agency has gone for him so far

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14549212/no-end-sight-justin-upton-free-agent-adventure

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 Post subject: Re: Justin Upton, ex DBack
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Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
Sources: #Tigers close to six-year deal with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton.

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Sources: Upton six-year deal with #Tigers expected to be in $125M range. Agreed upon in principal, per @BNightengale.

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