Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Justin Upton has played 731 games in his career, scoring 438 runs and tallying 363 RBI over that span. For a middle-of-the-order bat with the power potential Upton has, you might expect those run and RBI totals to be flipped.They’re not.Last season’s disappointing 17 homers and 67 RBI weren’t exactly the encore that Diamondbacks fans had in mind after Upton posted a .289/31/88 season in a breakout 2011 campaign, and ultimately it lead to his arrival in Atanta. Whether it was the lack of progress (and early season thumb injury probably has a lot to do with it) or a poor fit with ownership is irrelevant now. Upton (doesn’t matter which we’re talking about) is a Brave now.And as a Brave, Upton is going to impress. Like I said in the previous paragraph, it’s likely that a thumb injury suffered in the third game of the season led to his decreased power totals. If you don’t swing a baseball bat very often, I suggest you go grab one and take a couple hacks. Imagine your thumb and/or wrist ...
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