Player: Justin Upton
Born: August 25, 1987 in Norfolk, VA
Drafted: 1st overall by Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 Amateur Draft
- Three time All-Star (2009, 2011, 2015)
- Two time Silver Slugger recipient (2011, 2014)
After being selected first overall in the 2005 draft, Upton made his MLB debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 2, 2007. His role would increase with the Diamondbacks the following season, and then in 2009, as a full time player, he would earn his first All-Star bid. Upton would go on to be traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the start of the 2013 season and then traded again after the 2014 season to the San Diego Padres. Upton became a free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season.
On paper, Upton strengthens the Detroit Tigers lineup to make it one of the most formidable in all of baseball, despite the heavy RHB presence (8 of 9 hitters bat RH). Upton has never been known as a hits for average player, posting a career .271 average. His power is another story though. At only 28, Upton is closing in on 200 career home runs (190), and has averaged in the high 20’s for the last three seasons. Upton brings more speed to the Tigers lineup as well, having stole 19 bases in 2015. Now that he will call spacious Comerica Park his home, it should be expected that his doubles and triples numbers should go up.