There’s no doubt, B.J. Upton was one of the worst players in baseball last season.
But there’s no place to go but up for the talented outfielder, right?
Not according to an unnamed National League scout who tells Nick Caforda of the Boston Globe that he doesn’t seem much room for improvement.
One NL scout doesn’t think it’s going to get much better. “The numbers will improve, but he has never been able to sustain any consistency in his swing. He’s one of those guys whose skill set will carry him for a while, but not sure he’s committed to be the best.”
Talent has never been a question for Upton, who possesses a unique speed/power combo, but harnessing that talent has proven to be an issue.
There was hope when Upton left the Tampa Bay Rays for the Atlanta Braves he’d realize his potential, but so far it’s been a rough ride.
That five-year, $75 million dollar deal handed out by the Braves last season might be one of the worst contracts in history of Upton doesn’t turn things around.