Justin Upton: All-Star, future member of 3,000 hit club?

Jul 25, 2011, 10:47 PM | Updated: 11:49 pm

Justin Upton is putting together what is easily his best season as a pro.

Having won the National League’s Player of the Week award for the second time, the 23-year-old has seen his batting average rise to .301 while hitting 17 home runs and tallying 57 RBI.

The most surprising thing about that paragraph? The fact that Upton is just 23.

“I believe that this kid has the ability to be a great player in this league for a long time,” Sports 620 KTAR’s John Gambadoro said.

How great?

“Justin Upton is 23 years old and he’s got over 500 hits,” Gambadoro added. “I believe this kid has the potential to be a 3,000 hit player.”

That is quite a projection, as only 28 players in the history of the game have amassed more than 3,000 hits.

Upton is presently at 529, and the most he’s had in any single season are the 158 he collected in 2009. But if he can stay healthy and keep improving at the plate it would seem nothing is out of reach for the D-backs star.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Diamondbacks

An overhead view of the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks as they stand for the national a...
Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks release 2023 spring training broadcast schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks begin spring training in 2023 with a Saturday, Feb. 25, split-squad day against the Rockies and A's.
1 day ago
Jandel Gustave #31 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the fif...
Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks reportedly agree with RHP Jandel Gustave on minor-league contract

Right-handed reliever Jandel Gustave has agreed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a minor-league contract, reports FanSided's Robert Murray.
2 days ago
Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives teammates after defeating the Philadelphia...
Alex Weiner

D-backs get 4 prospects on MLB’s top 100 list, headlined by Corbin Carroll

The Diamondbacks were one of two teams with three prospects on the top 15 of MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospects list for 2023. 
6 days ago
Jeurys Familia of the Boston Red Sox delivers during the tenth inning of a game against the New Yor...
Torrence Dunham

D-backs reportedly sign veteran reliever Jeurys Familia to minor league deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be adding depth to the bullpen with the reported signing of veteran reliever Jeurys Familia to a minor league deal.
8 days ago
Scott Rolen #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies prepares for a ground ball during a baseball game agai...
Associated Press

8-time Gold Glove 3B Scott Rolen elected into baseball Hall of Fame

Slick-fielding third baseman Scott Rolen was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday with five votes to spare above the 75% needed.
9 days ago
Owner Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks off the field prior to a baseball game...
Associated Press

Arizona native Arte Moreno takes Angels off market to continue as owner

Arizona native Arte Moreno took the Angels off the market on Monday after announcing his plan to explore a sale of the team last August.
10 days ago
Justin Upton: All-Star, future member of 3,000 hit club?