Justin Upton is loving his change of scenery. Upton slugged two home runs in the Padres' 10-5 loss to the Nationals on Sunday, and he's making a bid to be #ASGWorthy in his first season in San Diego. Upton has 10 home runs in his first 38 games, and he's hitting .293 for the Padres.
Upton, the top overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, seems like he's been in the league forever. But he's only 27. The power hitter made his big league debut in 2007 with the D-backs, and he went to the All-Star Game twice with his first franchise before being traded to the Braves.
Upton spent 2013-14 with Atlanta and arrived in San Diego via a blockbuster deal last December. Upton won a Silver Slugger Award last year for the Braves, the second of his career, and his current slugging percentage (.564) is better than any he's registered in his career so far.
The Norfolk, Va., native first went to the All-Star Game in 2009, and he went 0-for-2 as a reserve in the National League's 4-3 loss. Upton repeated that experience two years later, when he went 0-for-2 off the bench in the NL's 5-1 victory in '11. But he's still looking for his first Midsummer Classic hit.
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