Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:19 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is expected to remove the protective walking boot from his left foot Friday, April 3. He's missed most of spring training after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis, and he's unlikely to be ready to return before May. OF Eric Young Jr. has had a strong spring and is expected to start the season as the team's everyday center fielder. Upton has been able to hit in the cages with his boot.
Fantasy Tip: Upton has essentially become an afterthought in most standard 12-team mixed leagues because of his injury and his last two poor seasons in Atlanta. Young Jr. is a popular sleeper option in the later rounds for his stolen base prowess, and he could continue to see consistent playing time in the team's outfield when Upton eventually returns. Young ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) should be a cheap option for stolen bases at FantasyScore, too.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:04:42 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) remains in a walking boot, but he's hopeful of being cleared to increase his activities Thursday, March 19. There remains no timetable for his return.
Fantasy Tip: Upton is expected to miss at least the first month of the season due to his injury. That leaves the door wide open for Eric Young Jr. to take over the starting field job to start the season. Young has been playing well in camp, and he's the clear front-runner for the job. Young becomes an attractive deep sleeper for stolen bases in deep mixed leagues. Upton, on the other hand, loses what already was lukewarm fantasy interest. He's still worth stashing at the tail end of mixed league drafts, though.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:20:08 -0800
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is expected to be sidelined until at least May 1.
Fantasy Tip: Upton was little more than a late-round flier in large mixed leagues prior to this prognosis due to consecutive poor seasons. Now, he can be bypassed entirely in standard league drafts. His injury will provide NL-only gamers a discount for his power and speed combo, but his batting average projects to be a drag in the low-.200s. Those in really deep mixed leagues might want to also draft and stash him in a DL spot.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:56:57 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is expected to miss spring training, as he will be in a cast for two weeks and then a walking boot for another four to six weeks.
Fantasy Tip: Upton has been arguably the worst everyday player in baseball the past two seasons, so this is another hit to his underwhelming fantasy stock. He has power-speed upside, but he has hit just .198 through 910 at-bats over the past two seasons. He is not worth drafting in the majority of mixed leagues.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:08:29 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Melvin Upton Jr. (toe) is dealing with an injury to his toe, and he's heading for X-rays.
Fantasy Tip: Upton is a deep sleeper in mixed league drafts, mainly for his stolen base contributions. You know he'll be a thorn in your side in the batting average department, as he's posted BAs of just .208 and .184 in the last two years. Monitor his toe injury.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:39:11 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton is now going by Melvin Upton Jr., which is his given name.
Fantasy Tip: Like Mike Stanton changing his name to Giancarlo, Upton obviously hopes a change of name jump-starts his bat. B.J. stood for Bossman Jr., so maybe Upton feels it's time to do something about that .198 average and 324 strikeouts in two seasons. He's still a player with little fantasy value.
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:40:30 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton spent three days earlier this week working with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer on adjustments to his mechanics and approach at the plate, with emphasis on the positioning of the hands. Seitzer was pleased with how productive the sessions were. "I feel really, really good about it, because (Upton) was very open to everything that I suggested," Seitzer said. "We had a really good three days together - three pretty intense days together. I think he feels pretty good about what I'm going to bring, and I feel good about the adjustments he has made."
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:45:57 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton likely will not be traded before the start of the regular season because other teams do not want to pay for any of his salary.
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:57:35 -0800
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis was the center of trade talks with the Houston Astros early in the offseason, and the Braves wanted to send OF B.J. Upton and the $46.35 million on his deal with him. The Braves also wanted OF Dexter Fowler, a pitching prospect and C Carlos Corporan. The Astros balked at adding $39 million in payroll and never agreed to a second player.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:44:23 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton has been shopped to other clubs.