Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton placed fourth for National League MVP when the award was announced on Tuesday. Upton was behind the winner Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp and Prince Fielder, who ended up second and third respectively.
The 24-year-old Upton put finally put everything together in 2011. Upton set career highs in both home runs (31), RBIs (88) and stolen bases (21) also hit .289 on the season, which was 12 points above his career average. He was also able to cut down on his strikeout percentage, something that has plagued him early on in his career.
Upton wasn’t the only Diamondbacks player to garner some votes. Ian Kennedy, who came in fourth for voting for the NL Cy Young award last week, came in 14th for this year’s MVP award. Some writers voted for Miguel Montero as well, who was tied with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for 21st place.
This certainly won’t be the last of us seeing Upton in the discussion for the MVP award. Coming off of the best overall season of his career, Upton has is no where close to reaching his full potential as a player. It will be fun to see him continue to grow as he continues to mature and work on all facets of his game.