Latest Update B.J. Upton is not in the Braves starting lineup on Friday. Fri Aug, 22, 04:20 PM
A phenomenal athlete, he has a lanky frame with quick wrists, a great throwing arm and supreme speed. Is an elite center-fielder, above-average base-stealer, decent home-run hitter and patient at the dish.
Flaws: : Has holes in his swing and takes a huge cut, so he piles up tremendous amounts of strikeouts. Can suffer from mental lapses in the field. Generally lacks polish. Can also be a little temperamental.
Batting .208 for the year and 2-for-15 (.133) over his last five game? How does this guy even get into the lineup on a part-time basis? That's almost as mind-boggling as when some people were recommending him as a fantasy value pick during the spring. They, along with Fredi Gonzalez, all have to be huffing glue or something. This guy is just the worst. Emilio Bonifacio will replace him in center field Friday and the Braves should really consider a permanent switch.Analyst: Howard Bender
B.J. has really struggled at the plate the whole season, but has been brutal in August. Don't understand how a career .244 hitter (which is not good at all) could bat .184 last season and hit a measly .207 this season. Hopefully, you are smart enough not to own this unproductive outfielder. Analyst: Mark Kaplan
Upton has started the last three games in center field but will yield to Emilio Bonifacio on Thursday. Why? Because Upton is batting .201 and has four hits here in the month of August. Yes. Four.Analyst: Howard Bender
We would be doing Upton a disservice if we failed to mention that he also struck out twice. It is no secret that Upton possesses a nice power/speed combination, but he is also an average killer that strikes out way too much. You know what he is and it is nothing to get excited about.Analyst: David Kerr