Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
2 days ago

Manager John Gibbons said he expects Upton Jr. to "play a lot" down the stretch, despite the upcoming return of Jose Bautista, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Acquired from the Padres prior to the trade deadline, Upton Jr. has seen an increase in playing time with injuries to Bautista and Kevin Pillar. Overall, Upton Jr. has hit just .200 with 29 strikeouts over his 24 games with the Blue Jays. However, the veteran outfielder has been improving as of late, hitting .290 with three home runs and eight RBI in his last nine contests.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
4 days ago

Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo shot in Sunday's game against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Upton's third-inning homer off Indians starter Corey Kluber was his 19th of the season and third since moving north of the border on July 26. The 32-year-old outfield started slow with the Jays, but Upton has been picking it up in recent days. All three of his home runs with the team have come over the last four games, a span in which he racked up six RBI and scored four runs. Upton continues to see regular playing time with Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista on the mend.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
1 week ago

Upton Jr. went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The 31-year-old has struggled during his brief time with Toronto, but he seems to be coming out of his slump. He has two hits in three of his last four games and finished this series, 4-for-10 (.400) with his first homer as a member of the Blue Jays. In his 405 at-bats with both San Diego and Toronto, Upton Jr. is hitting .249 with 17 homers, 50 RBI, 51 runs and 23 steals.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Upton went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run in Sunday's 9-2 win over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Upton's move to Toronto has made his game go awry, ruining what was shaping up to be a career year for the 31-year-old. Before being traded on July 26, Upton was hitting .256 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 92 games for San Diego. In the 17 games since then, he's 9-for-49 (.184) with no extra-base hits and 21 strikeouts. Upton will continue to see opportunities in the Jays outfield for the time being due to injuries to Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista, but at this point, he's far from the great fantasy asset he was earlier in 2016.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Upton is set to serve as the Jays' everyday center fielder while Kevin Pillar (thumb) is on the disabled list, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Pillar hitting the DL on Monday, Upton will slide up the depth chart for the time being, and he figures to garner most of the starts in center over the next two weeks. The Jays did recall Darrell Ceciliani, however, so it's possible he could work his way into the mix, as well.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Upton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays will be utilizing Josh Donaldson as their DH on Sunday, thereby forcing Jose Bautista to play the outfielder and leaving no room in the lineup for Upton. After Upton was acquired from the Padres on Tuesday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Upton would start against left-handed pitching and enter the lineup sparingly against right-handers when another outfielder requires a day off, so it looks like the veteran stands to lose significant fantasy value with the move to Toronto.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Upton will get the start in right against the Orioles on Saturday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton got the day off Friday after earning his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Facing right-hander Yovani Gallardo on Saturday, Upton will slot into the seventh spot in the order while Jose Bautista mans the DH role.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Upton is out of the lineup for Friday's matchup with Baltimore, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

John Gibbons indicated earlier this week that he would not see many starts against righties and with Kevin Gausman on the mound for the Orioles on Friday, Upton is expectedly out of the lineup. Righties Yovani Gallardo and Chris Tillman are on the mound Saturday and Sunday so Upton may see limited action in the early going with his new big league club.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Upton will man left field and hit cleanup Wednesday in his first start as a Blue Jay, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Upton made his Blue Jays debut Tuesday with a pinch-hit appearance, but he will receive his first start with his news squad Wednesday afternoon in place of Michael Saunders.

Melvin Upton
LF/CF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Manager John Gibbons indicated Tuesday that Upton (who's not starting Tuesday) will start in right field against lefties, and will occasionally give other outfielders days off, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gibbons mentioned that he's expected to be in the lineup Wednesday, but it sounds as though his playing time will be rather sparse after that. In his When southpaws take the hill, Upton will start the majority of games in right field, while Jose Bautista will shift to designated hitter and Edwin Encarnacion will man first base, and he should see occasional spot starts at the other two outfield spots as well. The veteran could also serve as a late-game pinch runner and defensive substitute, but his at-bats may be limited compared to his time in San Diego this season.