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Postby raiders_umpire » Tue May 03, 2005 12:53 pm

nueshler wrote:Forget BJ, his brother Justin will be the number one overall draft pick this year. He is a MONSTER




there is a few other guys besides Justin that are making names for them being the #1 pick in this draft as well.....
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Postby bigken117 » Wed May 04, 2005 6:14 pm

according to SportsWeekly the D-backs are set on Upton even if they sign Drew...
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Postby hybrid » Wed May 04, 2005 6:19 pm

Well getting back somewhat on topic to the original post. BA has a story on B.J. and what a veteran scout is saying about him, he thinks he should defiantly stay at SS. They say he has 17, but he made one today and minorleague baseball says 15 ... so that could be a typo.

Scout’s View: B.J. Upton

B.J. Upton technically isn't a prospect anymore, thanks to the Devil Rays giving him 159 at-bats in Tampa Bay last season. Upton hit .258 with a .409 slugging percentage and 46 strikeouts, showing flashes of the talent that made him the No. 2 pick in the 2002 draft.

But the 20-year-old is back in the minor leagues in 2005, and it's clear that's where he needs to be. The Devil Rays fiddled with Upton's position last year in the major leagues, playing him 13 games at third base, 16 games at shortstop and even once in the outfield. They've decided to try patience this year and sent Upton back to Triple-A Durham to work on his defense.

Early returns were not good, though. Upton made 17 errors in the Bulls' first 25 games, many of them on throws, a problem also plaguing his brother Justin, who projects to be the top pick in the 2005 draft. Scouts assessing the draft have mostly decided Justin Upton needs to move to center field, where he could be a premier defender and where his polished bat could move quickly.

But a veteran scout who watched him several times in April with the Bulls is just as convinced that B.J. Upton is far from done as a shortstop--if the Devil Rays can remain patient.

"There's no question he has the tools for shortstop. We have to understand, a lot has been thrown at this kid in a short time, including incredible expectations. He justifiably was put on the fast track, because he can really hit. There's no doubt he'll hit in my mind; he handles the ball inside as good as anyone I've seen.

"Right now, he's making a lot of errors, because he's playing tight; he's afraid to make errors, he's trying too hard, and that leads to more errors. He'll make a body-control play, for example, come in real good on a ball, come in fast and grab it, but then throw it too hard to first, or take a little off and bounce it over there. He's got a hose for an arm--it's a 70 arm--but he worries himself to death right now about it. Billy Evers is a player's manager, and he's the kind of manager who can let him play through it but also know when to put an arm around him and instill confidence in a guy who might be shaky.

"He doesn't nonchalant it. I haven't seen him carry a bad at-bat into the field with him, or vice-versa. He's a sharp kid with tons of ability, and a great future still. He's 20. If he had gone to college, he'd be a junior going into his first draft; instead, he's in Triple-A. Think about that before someone tries to bury him as a prospect.

"If they move him to the outfield, it would be the greatest mistake and travesty you could ever make with a player. He has the tools to play a premium position in the middle of the diamond, and to waste that would be awful. When he was drafted, the questions were whether or not he had enough bat to go No. 1 overall, because everyone thought he could definitely play shortstop, maybe be a potential Gold Glover. So that shows you how inexact this sport and this business is."

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Postby Surfs up » Fri May 06, 2005 7:38 am

Yup. He made another one Weds. Thats 15 and counting. And Nick Green has come over from the NL and just about taken Cantu's job with his bat and glove. Does't look like they need to worry about getting Upton back anytime soon.
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Postby Surfs up » Sat May 07, 2005 2:36 pm

The way Upton is going looks like I will be doing a daily update. He made error # 16 yesterday.
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Postby hybrid » Sat May 07, 2005 8:07 pm

I have noticed he tends to get in fielding funks. He will have no errors from 4-6 games, then have 2 or 3 consecutive games in which he has an error.

I still think if they leave him there he has a good shot of staying at SS.
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Postby hybrid » Tue May 17, 2005 9:42 am

Well B.J. hasn't had an error in 10 straight games and only 4 errors in his last 20 games. Hopefully he will keep making good progress.
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Postby hybrid » Sat May 21, 2005 4:01 am

No errors in 14 straight games now ... 8-o
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sun May 22, 2005 8:40 pm

hybrid wrote:No errors in 14 straight games now ... 8-o



:~( :~( shhhh.... hybrid you jinxed our man :-D :-D he made a error saturday night to stop his 14 game errorless streak...


but definitely has been looking much better defensively,,,, now if he can just get that bat going again.... it would be nice to see him have a nice 2 or 3 week stretch where he is absolutely tearing the ball up offensively as well as no errors in the field.... ;-D
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Postby Mustangs989 » Sat May 28, 2005 12:38 pm

Had 2 more errors last night to make it 19 on the season.
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