10. Melvin Upton Jr.

10. Melvin Upton Jr.
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 21, 1984 in Norfolk, VA USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 02, 2004
  • Final Game: October 02, 2016
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Call him Melvin Jr, or B.J., but we think the former Upton who played for the Rays was a pretty damned good baseball player.

Upton was chosen second overall in 2002 and would make his debut in the bigs in 2004.  It would take until 2007 for him to have a permanent spot where he was Tampa's starting Centerfielder.  He would do well with his bat, showing power and speed with three 20 Home Run Seasons and five 30 Stolen Base campaigns.  He stayed with Tampa until 2012, and he would collect 910 Hits with 119 Home Runs and 232 Steals.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2nd Overall in the Amateur Draft 6/4/02.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves 11/29/12.
  • Games Played: 1023
  • Notable Statistics: 539 Runs
    910 Hits
    202 Doubles
    20 Triples
    128 Home Runs
    447 Runs Batted In
    232 Stolen Bases
    .255/.336/.422 Slash Line
    15.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Most Assists by a Centerfielder (2008 & 2012)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Centerfielder (2010)

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