Born on August 25, 1987, Justin Upton is considered one of MLB’s premier right-fielders. Growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia, he followed his older brother B.J. into the sport of baseball. After being named the AFLAC National High School Player of the Year, he graduated high school and turned professional.
Drafted #1 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Justin made his professional debut in August of 2007. Along with brother B.J., the Uptons became the highest drafted siblings of all-time. At the young age of 19, Justin became the youngest active player in the league at that time and quickly began taking the MLB by storm. In 2008, he became only the 3rd player in MLB history under 21 to hit home runs in 3 consecutive games. By 2009, he became a National League All-Star and has continued on track as one of the top emerging players in the game.
As perhaps his highest honor, Justin finished 4th in National League MVP voting after the 2011 season. An avid lover of golf, Justin enjoys playing in his time away from baseball.
Born on August 21, 1984, B.J. Upton is widely known as a multi-talented center-fielder. His father Manny (known as “Bossman” in his baseball days) instilled in B.J. (known as “Bossman Junior”) a love for the game of baseball. After winning a silver medal with the Team USA Junior National Team in 2001, B.J. became the 2nd overall selection in the 2002 draft to the Tampa Bay Rays.
B.J. Upton made his professional debut in August of 2004 as the youngest Ray ever and the youngest player that year. In order to hone his skills and become a well-developed player, he went back down the the minor leagues, only to emerge as a bigger and better talent. In 2007, B.J. started at both 2nd base and center field for the Rays, ending as one of 6 players with more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. In 2010, B.J. ended the season with an exceptional 42 stolen bases.
When not on the baseball field, B.J. Upton can be found spending time with his family and loved ones. Along with younger brother Justin, the Upton brothers host a yearly charity golf tournament to benefit those in need.