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Scouting Report: Justin Upton
I've done a scouting report on Justin Upton before, but it was lost in the re-launch, so I re-did one.

Justin Upton, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks.

Before ever appearing in a professional game, high school phenom Justin Upton, the brother of Devil Rays' top prospect B.J. Upton, set two records. When he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, Justin and his brother B.J., who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, combined to become the highest drafted sibling duo in the history of the draft. After holding out for seven months, Upton signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who awarded him with a $6.1 million bonus, the largest signing bonus in the history of the draft, thus giving Upton his second draft record.

One would be hard-pressed to find a more advanced high school hitter than Justin Upton. Upton has a lightning-quick bat, exciting power potential, and outstanding plate patience.

He's a quick and smooth shortstop. Clocked at 94 mph off of the pitcher's mound, it's clear that Upton has a very strong arm. But, like his brother, it's accuracy that he has a problem with.

Upton ran a 6.23-second 60-yard dash last year. For those who can't make sense out of that number: It's the equivalent of going from home plate to first base, or from any base to any other subsequent base, for that matter, at an astounding 3.115 seconds. Obviously, Upton can fly.

With Stephen Drew, another blue-chip prospect, in the same organization and at the same position as him, and with his tremendous speed and arm, Upton projects best as a center fielder. Likening him to the pre-Cincinnati Reds Ken Griffey, Jr., many scouts and experts have said that the Arizona Diamondbacks could stick Justin Upton in the majors on Opening Day and he will hold his own. The more likely scenario, however, has the 18 year old 5-tooler in the majors no earlier than late 2006 or early 2007. Regardless of when he makes it the majors, Upton has seemingly no ceiling. He has all the makings of one of baseball's next elite players.

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