Justin Upton's first hit in '09 came in the Diamondback's 8th game. When he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning on April 14th he was 0 for 15. Since that time he's hitting .381 and is on a run only rivaled by the currently inhuman Joe Mauer.
I was lucky enough to pick him up on May 1st in a shallow league. At the time he was hitting .250 with 2 HR and 8 RBI. Since then he's hitting a cool .393 with 25 runs, 7 HR, 21 RBI, and 5 steals.
Let's take a look at Justin Upton's greatness with a Did You Know segment:
Did you know that Justin Upton . . . .
- has a 1.000+ OPS against 7 of his 11 opponents in '09?
- is 21 yrs old and has a career .836 OPS? He's still the 3rd youngest player in the NL.
- has a career 1.098 OPS in the playoffs? Oh yeah, he was 19 in the 2007 playoffs.
- is hitting .395/.457/.778 from the third spot in the order? Guess where he's staying?
- has a OPS+ of 161 in '09?
- is Yahoo's 6th ranked fantasy player in May?
- is Yahoo's 9th ranked OF?
- leads the NL in triples with 4?
- is 2nd in the NL in XBH with 25?
- hit this frozen rope? You have to love the home run call
- 's homerun's average 421 feet? That's 24 feet longer on average than the rest of the NL.
In March, I asked Chris Liss of Rotowire (known lover of Upton) who would be taken in the 10th round or later in 2009 drafts but would end up a being top 40 pick in the 2010 draft. His answer was Justin Upton.