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Updated May 14, 2013 - 9:25 am

Tale of the tape: Justin Upton trade

Monday night, Justin Upton's name will be announced to the Chase Field crowd as a visitor for the first time.

Formerly the cornerstone of the Arizona Diamondbacks franchise, Upton was dealt to the Atlanta Braves in January for a package of players that included infielder Martin Prado, pitchers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, along with minor league shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury. The D-backs also sent infielder Chris Johnson to Atlanta in the trade.

At the time, many felt the D-backs got the short end of the trade. Upton, 25, had yet to reach his prime, and his physical talent was undeniable.

However, the Diamondbacks were confident they got good value in return for the two-time All-Star in the seven-player trade.

Did they? Admittedly it's too early to tell, and if you look at win/loss records one could make the case that both the D-backs and Braves fared pretty well.

But baseball is a numbers game, so let's take a look at them.

First, the players at the Major League level:

Who got the better end of the Justin Upton trade?
Even trade
Too early to tell

Player Martin Prado Justin Upton Chris Johnson
At bats 159 135 105
AVG .233 .289 .324
HR 4 13 3
RBI 9 23 12
OBP .285 .395 .355
SLG .346 .644 .486
OPS .631 1.040 .840
BA w/RISP .059, 4 RBI .167, 7 RBI .318, 9 RBI
SB 1 3 0
Strikeouts 21 41 27
BB 12 24 4
Grit Infinity Doesn't know
meaning of the
Some, but
not enough

Now, the pitchers who are at Triple-A Reno.

Minor League Pitchers Randall Delgado (Triple-A Reno) Zeke Spruill (Triple-A Reno)
Wins 0 1
Losses 3 0
ERA 9.09 1.42
WHIP 1.93 1.34
Innings Pitched 34.2 12.2
Strikeouts 32 4
Walks 24 6
ER allowed 35 2
HR allowed 8 0
Grit Not as much
as previously
More than
Randall Delgado

And finally, the two position players who are in the lower levels of the D-backs' farm system.

Player Nick Ahmed (Double-A Mobile) Brandon Drury (Single-A South Bend)
At bats 108 136
AVG .167 .316
HR 0 2
RBI 7 16
OBP .233 .340
SLG .176 .485
OPS .409 .826
SB 2 0
Strikeouts 25 21
BB 9 6
Grit Needs more A little

About the Author

School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.


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