#MLBPlayers411 | Justin Upton

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Leading the Tigers with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs, today's #MLBPlayersAllStar17 #MLBPlayers411 Justin Upton made his fourth-career All Star Game appearance earlier this week.

Brother of major-leaguer Melvin Upton Jr., Justin made quite the mark on this year's Midsummer Classic, laying out to make a clutch acrobatic catch in right field in the bottom of the 10th inning, robbing Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager of a potential comeback-starting hit.

 “…You've got to stay on your toes when there are so many good players here,” the two-time Gold Glove winner said following the American League's 2-1 victory.  “The ball came off; I went and got it.”

Justin's first All-Star Game appearance came in 2009, when he was with his original team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. During this week's media day, Justin had the opportunity to reflect on the differences between his first All Star Game to this one; and he also told MLBPlayers.com about the way he learned he'd be representing the Tigers in Miami.


The Norfolk, VA native was selected first overall by the Diamondbacks in 2005 and would spend just under two seasons in the minors before getting the call to the big leagues. He made his debut when he was just 19-years-old on August 2, 2007. Justin's best season was 2011, when he hit.289 with 31 long balls and 88 RBIs.

Two years later, Justin was traded to the Atlanta Braves to play alongside his brother, Melvin, in exchange for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and prospects, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury. On April 23, 2013, the Upton brothers hit back-to-back home runs, becoming the first brother tandem to do so since Lloyd and Paul Waner did it in 1938. They also own the major-league record in which both brothers hit a home run in the same game at five games.

Following the 2014 season, Justin was on the move via trade again, this time to San Diego. Following a year with the Padres, Justin inked a six-year deal with Detroit. 

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