|Tampa Bay Rays — No. 2|
|Center fielder/2nd base|
|Born: August 21, 1984|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|Major League Baseball debut|
|August 2, 2004 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Selected MLB statistics|
(through May 21, 2008)
|Batting average||. Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Batting average is a Statistic in both Cricket and Baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively 281|
|Runs batted in||131|
|On base percentage||. In Baseball statistics, on-base percentage (OBP (sometimes referred to as on-base average ', as the statistic is rarely presented as a true Percentage) 359|
Melvin Emanuel "B. In Baseball, a stolen base occurs when a Baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the Pitcher is delivering the ball to Home plate The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St Headline events of the year The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since, ending the Curse of the Bambino. 2006 Major League Baseball season|2006 Nippon Professional Baseball season Headline Event of the Year The 2006 World Baseball Classic is a surprise success J. " Upton (born August 21, 1984 in Norfolk, Virginia) is a Major League Baseball center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Norfolk is an Independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the Outfielder in Baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St His nickname, B. J. , is short for "Bossman Junior" - his father's nickname was "Bossman. " Upton was drafted second overall in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by Tampa Bay out of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. The First-Year Player Draft, also known as the Rule 4 Draft, is Major League Baseball 's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools Chesapeake is an Independent city located in the South Hampton Roads portion of the Hampton Roads region of eastern Virginia in the Widely considered a very polished prospect able to hit for both power and average, poor defensive play at shortstop kept him in the minor leagues until 2007. Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and Third base.
As a member of the 2001 Team USA Junior National team, Upton batted . 462 (12-for-26) in nine games. The team went 9-2 and won the Silver Medal in Cuba that year. In 2002, Upton was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America, batting . Baseball America is a Magazine which covers Baseball at every level with a particular focus on up-and-coming players in High school, College 641 (50-for-78) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 32 RBI during his senior year at Greenbrier.
In 2003, Upton committed 56 errors, leading the minor leagues. He was ranked as the #21 prospect in baseball that year by Baseball America, and as the #2 prospect a year later in 2004.  He made his major league debut on August 2, 2004, becoming the youngest Devil Ray ever and the youngest player in the major leagues in 2004. In that game against the Boston Red Sox, he went 1-3 with a walk, with his hit being a seventh-inning single off Tim Wakefield. The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a Right-handed Knuckleball Pitcher His younger brother, Justin, was taken with the top overall choice of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, making them the highest-drafted siblings of all time. Justin Irvin Upton, aka "J-Up" (born August 25 1987 in Norfolk Virginia) is an American Baseball Right fielder The 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball 's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8  Upton was the starting shortstop in both the 2004 and 2005 All-Star Futures Games. The All-Star Futures Game is an annual Baseball Exhibition game between a team of top minor league prospects from the United States and a team
In 2007, Upton emerged from spring training as the Rays' starting second baseman. In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the Regular season. Second base, or 2B, is the second of four stations on a Baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that On June 8, Upton was forced to leave a game against the Florida Marlins early due to a strained left quadricep. The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens Florida.  The injury forced him out of action until July 13. Before the injury, he was batting . 320/. 396/. 545 with 9 home runs. Although he played mostly second base until the injury, Upton has been the team's starting center fielder since returning.
In 2007, he had 24 home runs, and was 22-8 in stolen base attempts. He was one of only 6 batters in the AL to have at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, along with Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Ian Kinsler, Grady Sizemore, and Curtis Granderson. Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27 1975 in New York New York) commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is an American Third baseman for the Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968 in Tampa Florida) is a Major League Baseball Designated hitter and Outfielder Ian Michael Kinsler (born June 22, 1982 in Tucson Arizona) is a Major League Baseball Second baseman for the Texas Rangers Grady Sizemore III (born August 2, 1982 in Seattle, Washington) On June 27, 2002, Sizemore was part of a six-player Curtis Granderson (born March 16 1981 in Blue Island Illinois) is a Center fielder in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers.
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