A Hard Look at B.J. Upton

by Bill Chuck on February 12, 2013

There are a number of folks out there who have simply gone Lady Gaga over the Atlanta Braves outfield, and that’s not Lady-like, or logical.

Potentially the outfield of B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, and Jason Heyward has the capacity to be an all-star threesome with great speed, power, defense, and average. Or they could be simply mediocre and over-rated…like B.J. Upton.

Take a look at these player comparisons from 2009-2012

Here are some base stealing comparables

Rk Player SB% SB From To CS BA
1 Coco Crisp 88.079% 133 2009 2012 18 .261
2 Ichiro Suzuki 81.065% 137 2009 2012 32 .305
3 Jacoby Ellsbury 80.745% 130 2009 2012 31 .298
4 Carl Crawford 80.247% 130 2009 2012 32 .290
5 B.J. Upton 78.646% 151 2009 2012 41 .242
6 Rajai Davis 78.440% 171 2009 2012 47 .273
7 Juan Pierre 75.000% 162 2009 2012 54 .288
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/11/2013.

Here are some Runs Produced (Runs + RBI – HR) comparables

Rk Player R_prod From To G R HR RBI
1 Michael Cuddyer 530 2009 2012 550 309 82 303
2 Kevin Youkilis 530 2009 2012 480 316 82 296
3 Jose Bautista 527 2009 2012 515 332 137 332
4 Alex Rios 527 2009 2012 598 309 76 294
5 Troy Tulowitzki 526 2009 2012 463 304 97 319
6 B.J. Upton 525 2009 2012 597 329 80 276
7 Elvis Andrus 524 2009 2012 601 341 14 197
8 Corey Hart 523 2009 2012 539 326 99 296
9 Alexei Ramirez 518 2009 2012 620 294 57 281
10 Jimmy Rollins 518 2009 2012 541 337 68 249
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/11/2013.

Finally, there are the Upton strikeouts

Rk Player AB/SO SO G PA
1 Curtis Granderson 3.6651 621 612 2613
2 Dan Uggla 3.6533 623 632 2644
3 B.J. Upton 3.4505 646 597 2509
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/11/2013.

For more info: The three holes in B.J. Upton’s swing

 

 

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