Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has so much potential and gets plenty of hype by the fantasy writers each offseason, but seems to underperform each year. I am beginning to wonder if the Justin Upton we see everyday is the Justin Upton we will see everyday going forward, but then he goes out and goes 5-5, and I wonder if he is finally going to reach that next level of stardom and put up a monster season for fantasy owners.
Tonight against the Marlins, Upton went 5-5 with a HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a SB. For the season, he is hitting .261-.341-.488 with 10 HRs, 27 RBIs and 10 SBs. Upton's strikeout issues may be a thing of the past as he has lowered his K rate from 30% to 22% this year and is still walking around 9% of his at bats. He owns a 43-21 K/BB rate in 203 at bats thus far this season, and is on pace to have a 30-30 season this year.
I was talking to my brother earlier today, an Upton owner, and he was saying he was tired of looking at box scores and seeing Upton go 0-5 or 1-4 everyday. Upton may have quieted his concern for a day.