Recently there were talks of internal discussions by the Atlanta Braves that would move the roster around and move B.J. Upton to a reserve role. There are many problems with this scenario happening right now and it should not. The suggested rumor was that that they were considering moving Evan Gattis to left field, Justin Upton to right field, Jason Heyward to center field and calling up Christian Bethancourt to serve as the everyday catcher. This has an appeal to it but the problem is with the thought that Upton should move to a reserve role.
Last season Upton got to the point that a reserve role was best for him and the team. At that point in time they were trying to get ready for the postseason and that seemed like the best move in a bad situation. However, this is not last season and it is not the same situation. Upton has been better this year. Although recent struggles with the bat and the glove are easy to see, a harder look will show Upton having more value than it seems upon first glance.
In addition to serving as a good option running the bases, Upton usually does a good job in center field. I don’t think he plays better than Heyward in center but Gattis is far below the younger Upton brother in left field as well and that has to be considered. Coupled into all of that is the recent idea that Gattis will have the chance to earn the trust of the pitching staff as the everyday catcher. He cannot very well earn that trust from left field. It might get to the point that Upton needs to take a reserve role this season but don’t look for the Braves to make that happen soon. They should wait before doing anything that drastic.