Fantasy: Justin Is Top Upton

By Sandora, David | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 2, 2009 | Go to article overview

Fantasy: Justin Is Top Upton


Sandora, David, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


April saw Justin Upton play like a 21-year-old.

Since then, he's been a seasoned vet.

The younger Upton -- brother B.J. of the Rays is 25; Justin is now 22 -- was plenty good last season, with 15 homers in only 356 at- bats, portending even more success this season. But few people would have predicted the leap forward he has taken to become an All-Star caliber player.

The numbers look good for a player of any age: .308 average, 24 homers, 19 steals, 78 runs and 76 RBI with two weeks left to play. Only 24 players have ever hit 30 or more homers in a season in which they were 22 or younger on July 1. Seven are Hall of Famers, at least two are future Hall of Famers (Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez) and none had fewer than 138 homers in their careers. That's the small group of stars who will be ahead of Upton when the season ends.

As keepers go, Upton should be No. 1 on just about any list.

Beware one caveat. Brother B.J.'s numbers at age 22 were eerily similar: .300, 24 homers, 22 steals, 86 runs and 82 RBI in 2007. He followed that with only nine homers the next season.

But the odds are in Justin's favor.

HOT PICKUPS

Pedro Martinez -- PHI -- SP

Clay Buchholz -- BOS -- SP

Juan Uribe -- SF -- IF

FREEZING COLD

Edwin Jackson -- DET -- SP

Clint Barmes -- COL -- 2B/SS

Jermaine Dye -- CHW -- OF

BY THE NUMBERS

10 Homers for David Wright, Gary Sheffield and Daniel Murphy, who are tied for the Mets' lead in home runs. But that total is more a reflection of the Mets' injuries than supposed homer-unfriendly Citi Field -- through Friday, there were 12 more homers at Citi than in Mets' away games despite the Mets having played two more road games. …

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