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B.J. Upton

Melvin Emanuel Upton

Positions: Centerfielder, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: August 21, 1984 in Norfolk, VA
High School: Greenbriar Christian Academy (Chesapeake, VA)
Drafted
by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed September 16, 2002. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 2, 2004
Teams (by GP): Rays/DevilRays 2004-2011
2012 Contract Status: Signed thru 2011, 1 yr/$4.83M (11) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2010): 3.126, Arb Eligible: 2012, Free Agent: 2013 [*], Agents: Larry Reynolds [*]
Relatives: Brother of Justin Upton
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Fine Details  · Last Updated Apr 30, 2011, 3:58AM
All-Time Rank (among Batters): #919. Bernie Carbo… #920. Frank Demaree… #921. Carlos Pena… #922. B.J. UPTON… #923. Freddy Sanchez… #924. Steve Brodie… #925. Cliff Johnson… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2004 19 TBD AL 45 177 159 19 41 8 2 4 12 4 1 15 46 .258 .324 .409 .733 93 65 1 1 1 1 0 65D/7
2006 21 TBD AL 50 189 175 20 43 5 0 1 10 11 3 13 40 .246 .302 .291 .593 56 51 1 1 0 0 0 5
2007 22 TBD AL 129 548 474 86 142 25 1 24 82 22 8 65 154 .300 .386 .508 .894 136 241 14 4 1 4 4 84/D
2008 23 TBR AL 145 640 531 85 145 37 2 9 67 44 16 97 134 .273 .383 .401 .784 108 213 13 2 3 7 4 *8/D
2009 24 TBR AL 144 626 560 79 135 33 4 11 55 42 14 57 152 .241 .313 .373 .686 82 209 7 3 3 3 0 *8
2010 25 TBR AL 154 610 536 89 127 38 4 18 62 42 9 67 164 .237 .322 .424 .745 105 227 13 2 1 4 1 *8
2011 26 TBR AL 24 100 85 14 21 4 0 2 10 6 2 14 26 .247 .350 .365 .715 107 31 3 0 0 1 0 *8
7 Seasons 691 2890 2520 392 654 150 13 69 298 171 53 328 716 .260 .345 .412 .757 102 1037 52 13 9 20 9
162 Game Avg. 162 678 591 92 153 35 3 16 70 40 12 77 168 .260 .345 .412 .757 102 243 12 3 2 5 2

Player Value--Batters

WAR: 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Strtr, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl.
Year Age Tm Lg PA Rbat Rbaser Rroe Rdp Rfield Rpos Rrep RAR WAR oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary Pos Awards
2004 19 TBD AL 177 -2 1 0 0 -5 0 6 0 0.0 5 0.5 -0.5 $ 65D/7
2006 21 TBD AL 189 -11 1 -1 1 -10 1 7 -12 -1.2 -2 -0.2 -1.0 $ 5
2007 22 TBD AL 548 21 4 1 -1 11 2 18 47 4.7 45 4.5 0.2 $386,900 84/D
2008 23 TBR AL 640 4 0 -3 2 31 2 20 40 4.0 25 2.5 1.5 $412,100 *8/D
2009 24 TBR AL 626 -18 0 2 0 13 2 20 13 1.3 6 0.6 0.7 $435,000 *8
2010 25 TBR AL 610 5 4 0 0 25 2 21 44 4.5 32 3.3 1.2 $3,000,000 *8
2011 26 TBR AL 100 1 0 0 0 -2 0 3 4 0.5 6 0.6 -0.1 $ *8
7 Seasons 2890 0 10 -1 2 63 10 95 137 13.8 116 11.8 2.0 $4,234,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 23 TBR AL ALDS CHW W 4 19 18 5 5 0 1 3 4 0 0 1 5 .278 .316 .889 1.205 16 0 0 0 0 1
2008 23 TBR AL ALCS BOS W 7 33 28 8 9 1 0 4 11 2 0 4 7 .321 .394 .786 1.180 22 0 0 0 1 0
2008 23 TBR AL WS PHI L 5 20 20 3 5 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500 5 4 0 0 0 0
2010 25 TBR AL ALDS TEX L 5 21 21 0 4 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 .190 .190 .286 .476 6 0 0 0 0 0
2 Seasons (4 Series) 21 93 87 16 23 3 1 7 18 8 0 5 23 .264 .301 .563 .864 49 4 0 0 1 1
2 ALDS 9 40 39 5 9 2 1 3 6 2 0 1 12 .231 .250 .564 .814 22 0 0 0 0 1
1 ALCS 7 33 28 8 9 1 0 4 11 2 0 4 7 .321 .394 .786 1.180 22 0 0 0 1 0
1 WS 5 20 20 3 5 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500 5 4 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
2004 TBD AL 19 SS 16 16 15 140.0 71 23 41 7 8 .901 -3 -6 -22 -51 4.11 4.00 .975 4.56 4.53
2004 TBD AL 19 3B 13 11 10 103.0 24 10 12 2 0 .917 -1 -2 -12 -23 1.92 1.69 .954 2.64 2.62
2004 TBD AL 19 DH 13
2004 TBD AL 19 LF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -120 0 0.00 0.00 2.06 2.00
2004 TBD AL 19 OF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -120 0 0.00 0.00 2.31 2.30
2006 TBD AL 21 3B 50 48 47 412.2 139 38 88 13 6 .906 -10 -4 -29 -12 2.75 2.52 .963 2.85 2.80
2007 TBD AL 22 CF 79 75 72 664.2 217 204 11 2 2 .991 10 5 17 9 2.91 2.72 .989 2.71 2.68
2007 TBD AL 22 OF 78 75 72 664.2 217 204 11 2 2 .991 10 5 17 9 2.91 2.76 .987 2.30 2.28
2007 TBD AL 22 2B 48 48 45 416.1 251 106 133 12 26 .952 -8 -5 -22 -14 5.17 4.98 .986 4.98 4.92
2007 TBD AL 22 DH 3
2008 TBR AL 23 CF 143 141 133 1248.2 401 378 16 7 5 .983 15 2 15 2 2.84 2.76 .989 2.71 2.69
2008 TBR AL 23 OF 143 141 133 1248.2 401 378 16 7 5 .983 15 2 15 1 2.84 2.76 .986 2.31 2.28
2008 TBR AL 23 DH 1
2009 TBR AL 24 CF 144 141 133 1228.2 385 375 6 4 1 .990 7 3 7 3 2.79 2.65 .992 2.73 2.70
2009 TBR AL 24 OF 144 141 133 1228.2 385 375 6 4 1 .990 7 3 7 2 2.79 2.65 .987 2.33 2.30
2010 TBR AL 25 CF 154 147 137 1301.2 405 397 3 5 0 .988 12 -9 11 -8 2.77 2.60 .990 2.73 2.71
2010 TBR AL 25 OF 154 147 137 1301.2 405 397 3 5 0 .988 12 -9 11 -8 2.77 2.60 .986 2.30 2.28
2011 TBR AL 26 CF 24 24 23 214.1 62 61 1 0 0 1.000 -1 0 -6 0 2.60 2.58 .989 2.64 2.63
2011 TBR AL 26 OF 24 24 23 214.1 62 61 1 0 0 1.000 -1 0 -6 0 2.60 2.58 .984 2.34 2.33
5 Seasons CF 544 528 498 4658.0 1470 1415 37 18 8 .988 43 1 11 0 2.81 2.67 .990 2.72 2.69
6 Seasons OF 544 529 498 4665.0 1470 1415 37 18 8 .988 42 1 11 0 2.80 2.67 .986 2.31 2.29
2 Seasons 3B 63 59 57 515.2 163 48 100 15 6 .908 -11 -6 -26 -13 2.58 2.35 .961 2.81 2.76
1 Season 2B 48 48 45 416.1 251 106 133 12 26 .952 -8 -5 -22 -14 5.17 4.98 .986 4.98 4.92
1 Season SS 16 16 15 140.0 71 23 41 7 8 .901 -3 -6 -22 -51 4.11 4.00 .975 4.56 4.53
1 Season LF 1 1 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -120 0 0.00 0.00 2.06 2.00
7 Seasons TOT 671 652 615 5737.0 1955 1592 311 52 48 .973 21 -16 4 -3 2.99 2.84 .984 2.61 2.57
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1950 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1950 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1950 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1919 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1950 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1919) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1950 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Defensive WARs c a p y
2008 AL  1.5 (8th)
2010 AL  1.2 (9th)

On-Base% s c a p y
2008 AL  .383 (7th)

Slugging % s c a p y
2007 AL  .508 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
2007 AL  .894 (10th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
2008 AL  97 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
2007 AL  154 (3rd)
2008 AL  134 (6th)
2009 AL  152 (5th)
2010 AL  164 (2nd)
2011 AL  26 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
2008 AL  44 (2nd)
2009 AL  42 (3rd)
2010 AL  42 (5th)
2011 AL  6 (5th)
Active  171 (27th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
2007 AL  136 (9th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
2007 AL  8 (7th)
2008 AL  16 (1st)
2009 AL  14 (3rd)
2010 AL  9 (10th)
2011 AL  2 (8th)
Active  53 (30th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
2007 AL  23.0 (5th)
2010 AL  25.2 (3rd)
Active  98.3 (50th)

AB per HR s c a p y
2007 AL  19.8 (9th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
2007 AL  2.7 (9th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
2007 AL  12 (5th)

Def. Games as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  143 (3rd)
2009 AL  144 (5th)
Active  544 (18th)

Putouts as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  378 (3rd)
2009 AL  375 (3rd)
Active  1415 (17th)

Assists as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2007 AL  11 (2nd)
2008 AL  16 (1st)
2009 AL  6 (4th)
Active  37 (11th)

Errors Committed as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  7 (2nd)
2009 AL  4 (3rd)
Active  18 (15th)

Def. Games as OF s c a p y
2010 AL  154 (3rd)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
2010 AL  397 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2007 AL  10 (4th)
2008 AL  15 (3rd)
2009 AL  7 (5th)
Active  43 (4th)
Career  43 (28th)

Range Factor/9Inn as CF (s.1954)s c a p y
2008 AL  2.84 (3rd)
Active  2.81 (2nd)
Career  2.81 (39th)

Range Factor/Game as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2008 AL  2.76 (2nd)
2009 AL  2.65 (5th)
Active  2.67 (3rd)
Career  2.67 (48th)

Fielding % as CF (s.1954) s c a p y
2011 AL  1.000 (1st)
Active  .988 (16th)
Career  .988 (59th)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
2010 AL  12 (5th)
Active  42 (12th)
Career  42 (80th)

Range Factor/9Inn as OFs c a p y
2008 AL  2.84 (5th)
Active  2.80 (2nd)
Career  2.80 (24th)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
2008 AL  2.76 (3rd)
2009 AL  2.65 (5th)
Active  2.67 (2nd)
Career  2.67 (29th)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
Career  .988 (88th)

Youngest s c a p y
2004 AL  born 1984-08-21 (1st)


Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1950-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 13 (1258), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 8 (1230), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 11 (1493), Average HOFer ≈ 50

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes
200722Tampa Bay Devil Rays$386,900
200823Tampa Bay Rays$412,100
200924Tampa Bay Rays$435,000
201025Tampa Bay Rays$3,000,000
201126Tampa Bay Rays$4,825,000
2012 Statusnot updated,
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,234,000Does not include future salaries
Salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.

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