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BRM
08-02-2007, 01:24 PM
Mobile BayBears' outfielder Justin Upton, the 2005 No. 1 overall pick in the Major League draft, is headed to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Press-Register learned late Wednesday after the BayBears' doubleheader at Hank Aaron Stadium.

He made an immediate impact when he arrived in Mobile, hitting a home run in his first at-bat as a BayBear on May 13 and hitting three home runs in his first two BayBears games. He opened the season in Single-A Visalia where he hit .341 and had five homers in the month of April.

Upton played 70 games for Mobile, producing a .310 batting average. He also had 13 home runs and 53 runs batted in.

In the BayBears' first year as the Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate, two Mobile players already have been called up to the majors. The first was infielder Mark Reynolds, who was called up in late May.

Upton is expected to fly out early this morning to join the Diamondbacks.


LINK (http://www.al.com/sports/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/sports/1186064112301540.xml&coll=3)

11larkin11
08-02-2007, 01:34 PM
Call up Bruce!! Do it now!!

flyer85
08-02-2007, 01:41 PM
Call up Bruce!! Do it now!!The situation is different. The reason for Upton coming up is that RF has been a black hole for the Snakes, they are trying to win the division and Upton is likely their best bet.

BRM
08-02-2007, 01:51 PM
The situation is different. The reason for Upton coming up is that RF has been a black hole for the Snakes, they are trying to win the division and Upton is likely their best bet.

Yep. Plus, Carlos Quentin was put on the DL today as well.

flyer85
08-02-2007, 01:54 PM
Yep. Plus, Carlos Quentin was put on the DL today as well.In his case it seems the shoulder has not been right the entire season. I wonder if he will the surgery.

BRM
08-02-2007, 01:59 PM
In his case it seems the shoulder has not been right the entire season. I wonder if he will the surgery.

He's on the DL for a hamstring injury this time.

flyer85
08-02-2007, 02:03 PM
He's on the DL for a hamstring injury this time.I read 3-4 days ago the Snakes were ready to call him up.

Supposedly Adam Jones is coming to Seattle and ...


Jose Guillen said Wednesday that he's "pissed off" about the call-up, adding that "this team has been good with what we have and I don't think that's what we need."

I would suggest the manager makes sure he doesn't keep anything on his desk he doesn't want to get wet.

BRM
08-02-2007, 02:05 PM
RedsZone favorite Jose Guillen is angry? Color me shocked.

dougdirt
08-02-2007, 02:11 PM
you mean a major leaguer is not happy with losing his job to a young prospect? wow.

I can't wait to see how this turns out for Upton. I am excited.

Red Leader
08-02-2007, 02:14 PM
A 19 yr old position player getting called up to the majors.

Don't see that everyday...

BRM
08-02-2007, 02:14 PM
you mean a major leaguer is not happy with losing his job to a young prospect? wow.

I can't wait to see how this turns out for Upton. I am excited.

Jose Guillen has always been angry with someone and has never been afraid to run his mouth. This is certainly not surprising.

I agree about Upton. I'm anxious to see how he plays.

flyer85
08-02-2007, 02:14 PM
you mean a major leaguer is not happy with losing his job to a young prospect? He is unlikely to lose a job but is likely to lose some ABs.

indy_dave00
08-02-2007, 02:15 PM
Let Jay Bruce get 200ab's at Louisville playing every day the rest of their season. Then after the end of their season bring him up , so he can spend about a month experiencing the big leagues , getting maybe 50 ab's as a Red.

No reason to rush Jay Bruce , if he's ready as a 21 year old in the spring of 2008, the Reds may well have the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year.

Justin Upton turns 20 the 25th of this month he's 4 months younger than Bruce. Perhaps if the Reds had injuries and were trying to win a division , but they aren't no reason to rush him. Good luck to Upton hope the D'backs aren't putting too much pressure on him too early.

dougdirt
08-02-2007, 02:16 PM
A 19 yr old position player getting called up to the majors.

Don't see that everyday...

He does turn 20 in about 3 weeks. Last 19 year old position guy I can think of getting called up was Andruw Jones....

TC81190
08-02-2007, 02:31 PM
A 19 yr old position player getting called up to the majors.

Don't see that everyday...

Dare I say...the next Ken Griffey Jr.? :D

RedLegsToday
08-02-2007, 02:35 PM
He does turn 20 in about 3 weeks. Last 19 year old position guy I can think of getting called up was Andruw Jones....

Thanks to that glory of the internet, baseball-reference.com, I've found out that the last 19 year old position player to be called to the majors was none other than....

BJ Upton

who was called up on August 4, 2004. This was 17 days shy of his 20th birthday.

King Felix was the last player to debut at 19, in 2005.

dougdirt
08-02-2007, 02:49 PM
Thanks to that glory of the internet, baseball-reference.com, I've found out that the last 19 year old position player to be called to the majors was none other than....

BJ Upton

who was called up on August 4, 2004. This was 17 days shy of his 20th birthday.

King Felix was the last player to debut at 19, in 2005.

Ah crap. I was looking at his stats last night too. Im a moron. :thumbdown

dougdirt
08-02-2007, 02:51 PM
Dare I say...the next Ken Griffey Jr.? :D

Nah. Griffey had a full season under his belt by the time Justin is making his debut.

indy_dave00
08-02-2007, 02:52 PM
You can say it and looking at Upton he is very similar size to Junior as a 19 year old. But just as you said ,Junior , I fear is the expectations the D'backs have for Justin . Hopefully this isn't a panic move that ends up hurting Justin Upton in the long run if he isn't truly ready.

Except for walks and steals , Jay Bruce has better offensive stats than Upton across the board. Plus Bruce has 75 AAA at bats to Upton's 0 . Good luck Justin Upton.

remdog
08-02-2007, 03:04 PM
Let Jay Bruce get 200ab's at Louisville playing every day the rest of their season. Then after the end of their season bring him up , so he can spend about a month experiencing the big leagues , getting maybe 50 ab's as a Red.

No reason to rush Jay Bruce , if he's ready as a 21 year old in the spring of 2008, the Reds may well have the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year.

Justin Upton turns 20 the 25th of this month he's 4 months younger than Bruce. Perhaps if the Reds had injuries and were trying to win a division , but they aren't no reason to rush him. Good luck to Upton hope the D'backs aren't putting too much pressure on him too early.

Yep. The Reds and D'backs are in completely different situations and I think your outline of a plan for Bruce is the perfect way to go to insure his best transition possible.

Rem

dougdirt
08-02-2007, 03:05 PM
Except for walks and steals , Jay Bruce has better offensive stats than Upton across the board. Plus Bruce has 75 AAA at bats to Upton's 0 . Good luck Justin Upton.

Jay is a better hitter than Justin is. Justin has better discpline and is the overall better athlete of the two. I don't think this is a panic move by the Dbacks, odds are Justin can step in and perform fine to the tune of a .750 OPS with some nice hot streaks in there. He will be up and down though.

FIRELEFT
08-02-2007, 03:20 PM
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Man It took me forever to find this pic hope it works.
got to clean up my computer.

Eric_Davis
08-02-2007, 05:16 PM
A 19 yr old position player getting called up to the majors.

Don't see that everyday...


Upton looks to be very special....of Hall-of-Fame caliber.


and since it's in this thread....Jose Guillen is such a putz.

What's the matter Guillen? Seeing the writing on the wall and it has your name on it?

Eric_Davis
08-02-2007, 05:18 PM
Plus, you can pencil in Upton for the next dozen All-Star games. Bruce might make a couple of them. They're in a different class as far as talent goes.

Superdude
08-02-2007, 05:37 PM
Justin Upton has forearms like an adolescent bear. Is that Travis Wood next to him?

FIRELEFT
08-02-2007, 05:41 PM
Yeah, its T. Wood.
I think that was in 2004.

dougdirt
08-02-2007, 07:04 PM
Plus, you can pencil in Upton for the next dozen All-Star games. Bruce might make a couple of them. They're in a different class as far as talent goes.

I am going to completely disagree with that. First off, Justin Upton making the next dozen all star games? I will take the under on that one by about 12. First off, he plays the outfield, which outside of first base is probably the toughest place to make it. Secondly, he is good, but I don't expect him to make the AS team next year as a 20 year old.

I don't think the two are in a different class as far as talent goes. Jay is a better hitter, and projects to be a better hitter in the future. Justin is a better athlete with more speed. Their arms are very comparable in the outfield.

Eric_Davis
08-02-2007, 08:27 PM
I am going to completely disagree with that. First off, Justin Upton making the next dozen all star games? I will take the under on that one by about 12. First off, he plays the outfield, which outside of first base is probably the toughest place to make it. Secondly, he is good, but I don't expect him to make the AS team next year as a 20 year old.

I don't think the two are in a different class as far as talent goes. Jay is a better hitter, and projects to be a better hitter in the future. Justin is a better athlete with more speed. Their arms are very comparable in the outfield.

You've seen more of them than I have. I'll go with you on that.

Screwball
08-03-2007, 11:13 PM
Upton 0-1 so far in his debut. He flew out to deep left on a 2-0 pitch.

Screwball
08-03-2007, 11:47 PM
Upton now 0-2. Lines out to left on a 1-2 pitch.

dougdirt
08-04-2007, 12:09 AM
Wish I could watch this game. I can't even get the gameday to load....I have been having problems getting game day to work a lot lately.

Screwball
08-04-2007, 12:42 AM
Upton 0-3. He grounded an 0-1 pitch to first. With the D-Backs up 1-0 in the 8th, that may be his last AB of the night.

ochoa30
08-04-2007, 12:50 AM
Upton 0-3. He grounded an 0-1 pitch to first. With the D-Backs up 1-0 in the 8th, that may be his last AB of the night.

He's a bust:p:

Eric_Davis
08-04-2007, 01:59 AM
Though not his MLB debut, but his 2007 debut, Adam Jones was absolutely tremendous tonight.

He was the heart and soul of the team tonight. His at-bats were inspiring to the crowd and to the team.

Jones hit an 0-1 pitch to left for a single his first at-bat, then turned an 11-pitch at-bat into a single and completely flustered Lester. Down 3-1 at the time, he threw a couple of pitches over to 1st then walked Lopez on 4 pitches. Though only the 4th, it brought out the Red Sox' pitching coach. Two pitches later, Betancourt launched one high into the Left Field Bleachers, 4-3 M's.

Next at-bat, Jones hits one to SS Lugo, who worrying about Jones' speed throws off line for an error and Jones reaches 1st. Now Timlin is pitching and worrying about Jones' speed and throws over to 1st a couple of times and on the next throw tosses it wild advancing Jones to 2nd.

Screwball
08-04-2007, 02:15 AM
Though not his MLB debut, but his 2007 debut, Adam Jones was absolutely tremendous tonight.

He was the heart and soul of the team tonight. His at-bats were inspiring to the crowd and to the team.

Jones hit an 0-1 pitch to left for a single his first at-bat, then turned an 11-pitch at-bat into a single and completely flustered Lester. Down 3-1 at the time, he threw a couple of pitches over to 1st then walked Lopez on 4 pitches. Though only the 4th, it brought out the Red Sox' pitching coach. Two pitches later, Betancourt launched one high into the Left Field Bleachers, 4-3 M's.

Next at-bat, Jones hits one to SS Lugo, who worrying about Jones' speed throws off line for an error and Jones reaches 1st. Now Timlin is pitching and worrying about Jones' speed and throws over to 1st a couple of times and on the next throw tosses it wild advancing Jones to 2nd.

I find it a little odd Lester and Timlin seemed to be overly concerned with AJ stealing when he's only 7-14 in SB attempts in AAA this year.

NJReds
08-04-2007, 08:31 AM
He's a bust:p:

I'm not sold on Upton...;)

Eric_Davis
08-04-2007, 01:41 PM
I find it a little odd Lester and Timlin seemed to be overly concerned with AJ stealing when he's only 7-14 in SB attempts in AAA this year.


Find it odd, you may, but they did. Speed is speed, and Jones has a lot of it.