Player Spotlight: Justin Upton

Justin UptonAtlanta Braves power-hitting left fielder Justin Upton doesn’t just hit home runs, he hits moonshots. Through 37 games, Upton leads the majors in home runs with thirteen, each travelling more than 400 feet.

Upton’s hot start has eased the pain Atlanta fans felt after losing Chipper Jones to retirement during the offseason, not to mention a 22-16 record sitting atop the National League East one game ahead of the Washington Nationals.

Throughout Upton’s torrid start to the young MLB season he has collected 35 hits in 130 at-bats recoding a batting line of .269/.382/.608 with six doubles, one triple, 21 RBIs, 24 walks, 12 home runs (first in majors) and 28 runs scored (tied for third in majors). After braving through an injury-plagued 2012 campaign Upton seems to be back on track to his All-Star and MVP level in his new Atlanta digs.

After getting traded to the Braves this offseason Upton needed to update his appearance at the plate starting with his Franklin batting gloves. This season the right-handed deep threat is wearing Franklin’s customized “J-Up” CFX® Pro series gloves. Upton alternates between the Pearl/White and Grey/Navy with Red Piping color schemes, which have provided the threatening power-hitter with a sure hand in the batter’s box all season.

Upton was the number one pick in a star-studded 2005 MLB draft and has played in the major leagues since he was 19 years old. The dynamic outfielder burst onto the scene in 2009 when he smashed 26 home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2011 solidified his dominance by finishing fourth in NL MVP voting and was named to his second All-Star team, blasting another 31 long-balls.

In 2011, Upton had seven homers, two doubles and a .504 slugging percentage through 34 games compared to twelve home runs, five doubles and a .628 slugging percentage so far this year, leaving Braves fans salivating for Upton to continue on this sweltering hot pace.

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