2013 Fantasy Baseball: What is B.J Upton’s Value With Atlanta Braves?

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The Atlanta Braves had a very successful off-season signing former Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J Upton and then pulling off a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks uniting him with his younger sibling Justin Upton.

The Braves inked B.J. Upton to a 5-year pact to the tune of $75.25 million for the 28 year old’s services. The price is obviously steep but B.J. Upton can be a valuable part of the Braves offense and should have one of his best seasons at the major league level.

Upton must have impressed the Braves front office during his 3 game series against them last season , Upton had 5 hits and 4 stolen bases during the 3 game audition.

Upton hit 28 home runs while swiping 31 bags last season for the Rays posting a 2.6 WAR good for 0.5 better than his younger brothers WAR although Justin did conceivably did have a down year.

Upton does come with his flaws as he is a free swinger whiffing a career high 169 times last season and never hitting over the Mendoza line during any count where he had accumulated 2 strikes throughout the season.

Upton is most successful when he is pulling the ball generating a staggering .436 average with 20 of his 28 tape measures coming by way of the pull. He would have led the Braves in home runs last season 1 ahead of Braves team leader Jason Heyward.

There will undoubtedly be no shortage of fire-power in the Braves line-up with the Upton brothers, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla leading the charge.

If you find Upton available in the middle rounds of your fantasy draft he may be worth the selection for a speed and power combination second to few.


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