Upton, a shortstop from Great Bridge High in Chesapeake, was selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys in the Major League Baseball draft. 2 overall in the 2002 draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays jerseys, but they made history together. They are the highest selected brothers in the history of the major league draft. is playing shortstop for the Durham Bulls, a Triple A minor league team affiliated with the Devil Rays jerseys and one rung below the major leagues. could join Justin and their mother and father, Yvonne and Manny, for an afternoon press conference at Great Bridge.
Justin was hoping to get through Tuesday with little fanfare, but there was no chance of that wish coming true. He said he did about 30 interviews with newspaper and television reporters. Despite hitting .519 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI this season, and being widely regarded as the country’s top prospect by baseball scouts, he’s still getting used to all of the attention.
“It got pretty hectic today,” said Justin, who really wanted to be playing in the Group AAA state quarterfinals Tuesday, but Great Bridge got eliminated in the Eastern Region semifinals. “I’m guessing it’s going to be that way for a while with all the hype I’m getting. The attention is good, but sometimes I wish people would just leave me alone and let me play baseball.”
Signing a contract isn’t a big concern for Justin. But recent history shows Justin should expect to be well compensated.
cheap Matt Bush jersey was a shortstop drafted No. 1 overall straight out of high school in last season’s draft by the San Diego Padres jerseys. He got a $3.15 million bonus just for signing his contract. was selected No. 2 by the Devil Rays jerseys, he got a $4.6 million signing bonus.
“I guess since he was the No. 1 pick, and I was No. said. “That’s OK. He’s going to be buying a whole lot of things (for me) now.”
There was little doubt Arizona was going to select Justin, but he still had to do some last minute business traveling last weekend to prepare for the draft.
He flew Saturday to Phoenix to go through workouts for the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys at Bank One Ballpark and to eat lunch with several Diamondbacks jerseys’ front office representatives. As an insurance policy, Justin flew from Phoenix to Kansas City, which had the No. 2 selection in the draft, to work out for the Royals jerseys at Kauffman Stadium and to dine with the Royals jerseys’ brass. He came back home Monday.
Yet Justin’s authentic jerseys wholesale physical tools and quick bat helped make him an easy choice for Arizona. At 6 foot 2 and 195 pounds, he has the arm strength and fielding ability to play shortstop in the major leagues, according to most pro baseball scouts. Two factors could keep him from playing shortstop for the Diamondbacks jerseys in the future: throwing accuracy and another highly regarded shortstop named cheap Stephen Drew jersey. If Justin doesn’t become more accurate, some pro baseball analysts have speculated he might get moved to third base or center field, but that’s not what the Diamondbacks jerseys told the Upton family.
“They’re going to let (Justin) play at shortstop,” Manny said. “Contrary to what people have been saying, they drafted him as a shortstop. When he went out there for workouts, they had him at shortstop, so we’ll see where that goes from here.”
Drew’s recently resolved contract status with Arizona will create competition for Justin, who might begin his pro career in Missoula, Mont., the location of one of Arizona’s Single A teams.
Drew, who was selected 15th overall in last year’s draft by the Diamondbacks jerseys, signed a contract May 30 that included a guaranteed $5.5 million, plus a $4 million signing bonus and up to $2 million in incentives.