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B.J. Upton    \UP-tun\

Melvin Emanuel Upton (twitter: @BJUPTON2)

Positions: Centerfielder, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: August 21, 1984 in Norfolk, VA
High School: Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, VA)
Drafted
by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed September 16, 2002. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 2, 2004 (Age 19)
Teams (by GP): Rays/DevilRays/Braves 2004-2014
2014 Contract Status: Signed thru 2017, 5 yrs/$75.25M (13-17) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 7.126, Free Agent: 2018 [*], Agents: Larry Reynolds [*]
Relatives: Brother of Justin Upton
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 19, 2014 8:17AM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1287. Julio Lugo… #1288. Birdie Cree… #1289. Paul Radford… #1290. B.J. UPTON… #1291. Dick Schofield… #1292. Tony Bernazard… #1293. Andy High… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2004 19 TBD AL 45 177 159 19 41 8 2 4 12 4 1 15 46 .258 .324 .409 .733 93 65 1 1 1 1 0 6D5/7
2006 21 TBD AL 50 189 175 20 43 5 0 1 10 11 3 13 40 .246 .302 .291 .593 56 51 1 1 0 0 0 5
2007 22 TBD AL 129 548 474 86 142 25 1 24 82 22 8 65 154 .300 .386 .508 .894 136 241 14 4 1 4 4 84/D
2008 23 TBR AL 145 640 531 85 145 37 2 9 67 44 16 97 134 .273 .383 .401 .784 108 213 13 2 3 7 4 *8/D
2009 24 TBR AL 144 626 560 79 135 33 4 11 55 42 14 57 152 .241 .313 .373 .686 82 209 7 3 3 3 0 *8
2010 25 TBR AL 154 610 536 89 127 38 4 18 62 42 9 67 164 .237 .322 .424 .745 106 227 13 2 1 4 1 *8
2011 26 TBR AL 153 640 560 82 136 27 4 23 81 36 12 71 161 .243 .331 .429 .759 114 240 16 4 2 3 4 *8
2012 27 TBR AL 146 633 573 79 141 29 3 28 78 31 6 45 169 .246 .298 .454 .752 108 260 13 1 4 8 0 *8/D
2013 28 ATL NL 126 446 391 30 72 14 0 9 26 12 5 44 151 .184 .268 .289 .557 51 113 7 3 1 6 2 *8
2014 29 ATL NL 15 67 62 6 13 1 1 1 1 4 1 5 18 .210 .269 .306 .575 55 19 2 0 0 0 0 *8
10 Yrs 1107 4576 4021 575 995 217 21 128 474 248 75 479 1189 .247 .328 .407 .735 99 1638 87 21 16 36 15
162 Game Avg. 162 670 588 84 146 32 3 19 69 36 11 70 174 .247 .328 .407 .735 99 240 13 3 2 5 2
TBR (8 yrs) 966 4063 3568 539 910 202 20 118 447 232 69 430 1020 .255 .336 .422 .758 105 1506 78 18 15 30 13
ATL (2 yrs) 141 513 453 36 85 15 1 10 27 16 6 49 169 .188 .268 .291 .559 52 132 9 3 1 6 2
AL (8 yrs) 966 4063 3568 539 910 202 20 118 447 232 69 430 1020 .255 .336 .422 .758 105 1506 78 18 15 30 13
NL (2 yrs) 141 513 453 36 85 15 1 10 27 16 6 49 169 .188 .268 .291 .559 52 132 9 3 1 6 2

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
2004 19 TBD AL 45 177 -0 1 0 -9 -0 -8 -0.7 7 -2 -0.1 .483 .495 0.7 -0.8 8 6D5/7
2006 21 TBD AL 50 189 -12 1 1 -4 1 -13 -1.2 7 -6 -0.5 .475 .492 -0.2 -0.3 -2 5
2007 22 TBD AL 129 548 26 4 -1 -7 2 25 2.5 21 45 4.4 .518 .515 5.1 -0.4 52 $386,900 84/D
2008 23 TBR AL 145 640 8 -0 2 -3 3 9 1.1 23 32 3.3 .506 .506 3.5 0.1 35 $412,100 *8/D
2009 24 TBR AL 144 626 -14 -1 -0 0 3 -12 -1.1 23 11 1.1 .492 .493 1.1 0.3 11 $435,000 *8
2010 25 TBR AL 154 610 5 3 -1 -19 3 -9 -0.8 23 14 1.4 .494 .494 3.3 -1.6 33 $3,000,000 *8
2011 26 TBR AL 153 640 11 -0 -1 -7 3 6 0.7 24 30 3.0 .504 .504 3.8 -0.4 37 $4,825,000 *8
2012 27 TBR AL 146 633 5 3 -1 -4 3 5 0.6 23 28 2.8 .504 .503 3.3 -0.2 32 $7,000,000 *8/D
2013 28 ATL NL 126 446 -26 0 0 1 2 -23 -2.8 14 -8 -1.3 .479 .484 -1.4 0.3 -9 $12,450,000 *8
2014 29 ATL NL 15 67 -3 0 0 2 0 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .494 .499 -0.1 0.2 -1 $13,450,000 *8
10 Seasons 1107 4576 -1 11 -1 -50 21 -20 -1.9 167 146 14.2 .498 .499 19.3 -2.7 197 $41,959,000
TBR (8 yrs) 966 4063 28 11 -1 -53 18 3 1.0 150 153 15.4 .500 .501 20.7 -3.2 207 $16,059,000
ATL (2 yrs) 141 513 -30 0 0 3 3 -24 -2.9 17 -7 -1.3 .481 .486 -1.5 0.5 -10 $25,900,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 23 TBR AL ALDS CHW W 4 19 18 5 5 0 1 3 4 0 0 1 5 .278 .316 .889 1.205 16 0 0 0 0 1
2008 23 TBR AL ALCS BOS W 7 33 28 8 9 1 0 4 11 2 0 4 7 .321 .394 .786 1.180 22 0 0 0 1 0
2008 23 TBR AL WS PHI L 5 20 20 3 5 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500 5 4 0 0 0 0
2010 25 TBR AL ALDS TEX L 5 21 21 0 4 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 .190 .190 .286 .476 6 0 0 0 0 0
2011 26 TBR AL ALDS TEX L 4 18 14 3 4 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 6 .286 .444 .500 .944 7 0 0 0 0 0
2013 28 ATL NL NLDS LAD L 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Yrs (6 Series) 28 114 104 20 27 6 1 7 18 9 2 9 32 .260 .316 .538 .854 56 4 0 0 1 1
3 ALDS 13 58 53 8 13 5 1 3 6 3 2 5 18 .245 .310 .547 .858 29 0 0 0 0 1
1 NLDS 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALCS 7 33 28 8 9 1 0 4 11 2 0 4 7 .321 .394 .786 1.180 22 0 0 0 1 0
1 WS 5 20 20 3 5 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500 5 4 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
2004 TBD AL 19 SS 16 16 15 140.0 71 23 41 7 8 .901 -3 -7 -22 -58 4.11 4.00 .972 4.56 4.53
2004 TBD AL 19 DH 14 13
2004 TBD AL 19 3B 13 12 11 103.0 24 10 12 2 0 .917 -1 -2 -12 -22 1.92 1.69 .951 2.64 2.62
2004 TBD AL 19 LF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -120 0 0.00 0.00 2.06 2.00
2004 TBD AL 19 OF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -120 0 0.00 0.00 2.31 2.30
2006 TBD AL 21 3B 50 48 47 412.2 139 38 88 13 6 .906 -10 -4 -29 -11 2.75 2.52 .960 2.85 2.80
2007 TBD AL 22 CF 78 74 72 664.2 217 204 11 2 2 .991 10 1 17 2 2.91 2.76 .989 2.71 2.68
2007 TBD AL 22 OF 78 74 72 664.2 217 204 11 2 2 .991 10 1 17 1 2.91 2.76 .987 2.30 2.28
2007 TBD AL 22 2B 48 48 45 416.1 251 106 133 12 26 .952 -8 -8 -22 -24 5.17 4.98 .985 4.98 4.92
2007 TBD AL 22 DH 4 3
2008 TBR AL 23 CF 143 141 133 1248.2 401 378 16 7 5 .983 15 -3 15 -3 2.84 2.76 .989 2.71 2.69
2008 TBR AL 23 OF 143 141 133 1248.2 401 378 16 7 5 .983 15 -3 15 -2 2.84 2.76 .986 2.31 2.28
2008 TBR AL 23 DH 1 1
2009 TBR AL 24 CF 144 141 133 1228.2 385 375 6 4 1 .990 7 0 7 0 2.79 2.65 .992 2.73 2.70
2009 TBR AL 24 OF 144 141 133 1228.2 385 375 6 4 1 .990 7 0 7 0 2.79 2.65 .987 2.33 2.30
2010 TBR AL 25 CF 154 147 137 1301.2 405 397 3 5 0 .988 12 -19 11 -18 2.77 2.60 .990 2.73 2.71
2010 TBR AL 25 OF 154 147 137 1301.2 405 397 3 5 0 .988 12 -19 11 -17 2.77 2.60 .986 2.30 2.28
2011 TBR AL 26 CF 151 150 142 1326.1 391 382 6 3 3 .992 5 -7 4 -6 2.63 2.57 .990 2.61 2.59
2011 TBR AL 26 OF 151 150 142 1326.1 391 382 6 3 3 .992 5 -7 4 -6 2.63 2.57 .986 2.28 2.26
2012 TBR AL 27 CF 142 141 131 1254.2 303 290 10 3 4 .990 2 -4 2 -4 2.15 2.11 .989 2.58 2.56
2012 TBR AL 27 OF 142 141 131 1254.2 303 290 10 3 4 .990 2 -4 2 -3 2.15 2.11 .986 2.17 2.16
2012 TBR AL 27 DH 3 3
2013 ATL NL 28 CF 118 111 102 975.1 237 230 3 4 3 .983 4 1 5 1 2.15 1.97 .987 2.49 2.49
2013 ATL NL 28 OF 118 111 102 975.1 237 230 3 4 3 .983 1 1 2.15 1.97 .986 2.13 2.13
2014 ATL NL 29 CF 15 15 15 133.0 44 43 1 0 1 1.000 2 17 2.98 2.93 .977 2.49 2.48
2014 ATL NL 29 OF 15 15 15 133.0 44 43 1 0 1 1.000 2 18 2.98 2.93 .984 2.08 2.07
9 Seasons OF 946 921 865 8140.0 2383 2299 56 28 19 .988 51 -29 7 -4 2.60 2.49 .986 2.26 2.24
8 Seasons CF 945 920 865 8133.0 2383 2299 56 28 19 .988 55 -29 8 -4 2.61 2.49 .989 2.65 2.63
2 Seasons 3B 63 60 58 515.2 163 48 100 15 6 .908 -11 -6 -26 -13 2.58 2.35 .959 2.81 2.76
1 Season 2B 48 48 45 416.1 251 106 133 12 26 .952 -8 -8 -22 -23 5.17 4.98 .985 4.98 4.92
1 Season SS 16 16 15 140.0 71 23 41 7 8 .901 -3 -7 -22 -60 4.11 4.00 .972 4.56 4.53
1 Season LF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -120 0 0.00 0.00 2.06 2.00
10 Seasons TOT 1073 1045 983 9212.0 2868 2476 330 62 59 .978 29 -50 4 -6 2.74 2.62 .984 2.45 2.42
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Offensive WARs c a p y
2007 AL  5.1 (10th)

On-Base% s c a p y
2008 AL  .383 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
2007 AL  .508 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
2007 AL  .894 (10th)

Triples s c a p y
2014 NL  1 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
2008 AL  97 (4th)
Active  479 (45th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
2007 AL  154 (3rd)
2008 AL  134 (6th)
2009 AL  152 (5th)
2010 AL  164 (2nd)
2011 AL  161 (5th)
2012 AL  169 (4th)
2013 NL  151 (5th)
Active  1,189 (18th)
Career  1,189 (163rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
2008 AL  44 (2nd)
2009 AL  42 (3rd)
2010 AL  42 (5th)
2011 AL  36 (6th)
2012 AL  31 (6th)
2014 NL  4 (7th)
Active  248 (18th)
Career  248 (231st)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
2007 AL  136 (9th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
2012 AL  8 (5th)
2013 NL  6 (10th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
2007 AL  8 (7th)
2008 AL  16 (1st)
2009 AL  14 (3rd)
2010 AL  9 (10th)
2011 AL  12 (4th)
Active  75 (14th)

SB % s c a p y
Active  76.78 (48th)
Career  76.78 (115th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
2007 AL  23.0 (5th)
2010 AL  25.2 (3rd)
2011 AL  28.1 (4th)
2012 AL  29.4 (2nd)
Active  168.9 (14th)
Career  168.9 (131st)

AB per HR s c a p y
2007 AL  19.8 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
2007 AL  2.7 (10th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
2007 AL  12 (5th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  143 (3rd)
2009 AL  144 (5th)
2010 AL  154 (1st)
2011 AL  151 (4th)
2012 AL  142 (5th)
2014 NL  15 (5th)
Active  945 (5th)
Career  945 (93rd)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  378 (3rd)
2009 AL  375 (3rd)
2010 AL  397 (4th)
2011 AL  382 (2nd)
2014 NL  43 (3rd)
Active  2,299 (6th)
Career  2,299 (97th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2007 AL  11 (2nd)
2008 AL  16 (1st)
2009 AL  6 (4th)
2012 AL  10 (1st)
2014 NL  1 (4th)
Active  56 (4th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  7 (2nd)
2009 AL  4 (3rd)
2010 AL  5 (3rd)
2011 AL  3 (4th)
2013 NL  4 (5th)
Active  28 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  5 (1st)
2011 AL  3 (3rd)
2012 AL  4 (1st)
2013 NL  3 (1st)
2014 NL  1 (1st)
Active  19 (2nd)
Career  19 (65th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
2010 AL  154 (3rd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
2008 AL  378 (3rd)
2009 AL  375 (3rd)
2010 AL  397 (4th)
2011 AL  382 (2nd)
2014 NL  43 (3rd)
Active  2,299 (17th)

Assists as OF s c a p y
2008 AL  16 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
2008 AL  7 (4th)
Active  28 (24th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
2008 AL  5 (1st)
2012 AL  4 (2nd)
2013 NL  3 (3rd)
2014 NL  1 (1st)
Active  19 (12th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2007 AL  10 (4th)
2008 AL  15 (3rd)
2009 AL  7 (5th)
2010 AL  12 (2nd)
2011 AL  5 (5th)
Active  55 (2nd)
Career  55 (22nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
2008 AL  2.84 (3rd)
2011 AL  2.63 (5th)
2014 NL  2.98 (4th)
Active  2.61 (14th)
Career  2.61 (85th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  2.76 (2nd)
2009 AL  2.65 (5th)
2011 AL  2.57 (4th)
2014 NL  2.93 (3rd)
Active  2.49 (11th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2011 AL  .992 (3rd)
2014 NL  1.000 (1st)
Active  .988 (15th)
Career  .988 (58th)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
2010 AL  12 (5th)
Active  51 (8th)
Career  51 (65th)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
2008 AL  2.84 (5th)
2011 AL  2.63 (5th)
2014 NL  2.98 (3rd)
Active  2.60 (11th)
Career  2.60 (62nd)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
2008 AL  2.76 (3rd)
2009 AL  2.65 (5th)
2011 AL  2.57 (4th)
2014 NL  2.93 (3rd)
Active  2.49 (7th)
Career  2.49 (79th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
2011 AL  .992 (5th)
2014 NL  1.000 (1st)
Career  .988 (90th)

Youngest s c a p y
2004 AL  born 1984-08-21 (1st)

             

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 18 (1102), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 10 (1227), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 15 (1152), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Center Field (179th), 14.2 career WAR/16.2 7yr-peak WAR/15.2 JAWS
Average HOF CF (out of 18) = 70.4 career WAR/44.1 7yr-peak WAR/57.2 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed September 16, 2002.
  • October 29, 2012: Granted Free Agency.
  • November 29, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
200722Tampa Bay Devil Rays$386,900
200823Tampa Bay Rays$412,100
200924Tampa Bay Rays$435,000
201025Tampa Bay Rays$3,000,000
201126Tampa Bay Rays$4,825,000
201227Tampa Bay Rays$7,000,000contracts
201328Atlanta Braves$12,450,000contracts
201429Atlanta Braves$13,450,000
201530Atlanta Braves$14,450,000
201631Atlanta Braves$15,450,000
201732Atlanta Braves$16,450,000
Earliest Free Agent: 2018
Career to date (may be incomplete)$41,959,000Does not include future salaries
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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