Justin Upton is only 21 years old! He is only the second youngest player in baseball behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He never went to college but went to Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Upton was the Diamondbacks first pick in the 2005 draft as a shortstop. Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza, Travis Buck, Clay Buchholz, and Micah Owings were all drafted in 2005. Talk about a great draft class! He latter switched to a center fielder because Stephen Drew, J.D. Drew’s brother was already there and then moved to right, because Chris Young was already in center field. Upton has a carer average of .242, 17 home runs, 42 RBI’s, three stolen bases, and 120 hits. He also has a carer .939 fielding percentage, in right field. The 2007 season was Upton’s first. He was called up after Carlos Quentin (who is now with the Chicago White Sox) got injured. That season he had a batting average of .221, with two home runs, 31 hits, eleven RBI’s, and two stolen bases in 43 games. In the 2007 playoffs he batted .357, with one RBI, zero home runs, five hits, and one stolen base. In his first full season, the 2008 season he batted .250, with 15 home runs, 42 RBI’s, and one stolen base. Upton hasn’t won any awards or honors yet as a major league player. He was though USA Today’s minor league player of the year in 2007 and as a senior in high school he was Gatorade’s high school player of the year. Upton’s body is much like Edinson Volquez. Upton is 6 foot two inches, 205 pounds. Volquez is six foot, and weighs 200 pounds. Upton will not play for team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. His brother, B.J. Upton is the center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upton’s major league debut exactly three years after his brother made his. It is to early to predict Upton’s carer because he hasn’t had his break out year yet, but I would say maybe 3,000 hits if he stays heathy. I think the 2009 season will be his breakout year and if not 2009 then 2010. Upton is a very promising player he just needs to practice.
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2. Stephen Drew
3. Chris Young
4. Mark Reynolds
5. Max Scherzer
First- Happy Eve of Christmas Eve . . . okay, that doesn’t make much sense but you get the idea.
Second- My Celtics are going for a 19 game winning streak today against the 76er’s.
Third- The Nationals upped up their offer to Tex’. Lets hope they get him so we don’t have to trade Lowell. I will say out of all the free agent signings the past few years this one has many mixed feelings for Red Sox fans.
Fourth- David Wright is going to play for team U.S.A.!
Fifth- Yes, it is true. I will not blog any more do to personal reasons. So, I will let my son take it over from here. We share many of the same feelings.
Okay, hi I’m Bob. I have my new bio in the top right if you want to read it.
So I’m Going to pick of from where we left off the infield.
1 base- Prince Fielder, .276, 34 home runs, 102 RBI’s, 3 Stolen Bases, $670,000
Prince had a down year from 50 home runs last year, but he is still young and hits for power. He is slow but he is doing the best he can with his weight. Prince is very cheep also.He could use a little work on his average though. Prince players for the love of the game thats why he ran out 2 or something like that inside the park home runs.
2nd base- Dustin Pedroia- .326, 17 home runs, 83 RBI’s, 20 stolen bases, $457,000
I know that he got a big new contract but I’m using last years salaries and who wouldn’t want an MVP on their team for only $457,000. He also won a Golden Glove and a Silver Slugger. Pedroia is young and a great guy in the club house. He hits for decent power and great contact. He can bat any where in the order 1st, 2nd ,cleanup, or last, of course who would want him last? Peedie is only going to get better by age.
Hanley Ramirez- .301, 33 home runs, 67 RBI’s, 35 stolen bases, $439,000
Hanley is a classic example of a great player playing for a bad team. Okay the Fish aren’t a bad team they aren’t just not that good. Hanley is a hall of famer in the making. He is fast, hits for power and contact, cheep, and a great influence in the clubhouse. He is still very young also.
Kevin Youkilis- .312, 29 home runs, 115 RBI’s, 3 stolen bases, $3,000,000
I know Youk doesn’t play third full time but he probably will after Tex’ comes and signs. Youk is a Gold Glover at first and third. He won the A.L. Hank Aaron award this year along with a third place finish in the MVP voting. Youk just gets better every year, I know I’ve said that a lot but Youk shows the best example. Youk will probably hit 30+ home runs next year.
Todays payroll- $4,566,000
Total payroll so far- $12,183,666