Justin Upton is off to a great start to the season. The 23-year-old worked hard in the offseason and has come back locked in. He's a quiet guy off the field but the numbers he's putting up at the plate and his improved defense are pushing closer and closer to the role he's seemed destined to fill -- super star.
Soco from AZ Snake Pit did far too good of a job with this write-up on Justin for me to do anything but get out of the way.
Go read ALL of this. Here's just a snippet:
Fan Confidence: or, the Loneliest Place Is Right Field - AZ Snake Pit
Justin Upton might be shaping up to his best year yet. His line through 14 games: .304/.400/.571 and 4 home runs. His BABIP is .310, when it’s been .343 for his career.
You’d take his current line over 162 games, now imagine how scary-good he might be if this is just the beginning.
His main offensive flaw would be a strikeout tendency, but he has significantly improved that so far in 2011. In every prior season, his strikeout ratio has hovered at 25% or worse. So far in 2011 his ratio is at a more reasonable 15.4%.