It's been a very active offseason for Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren. After all, it takes a lot of work to build potentially the best outfield in baseball.
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The elder Upton, B.J., is the oldest of the three, and he's only 28. If he can pull his batting average and on-base percentage up a bit, he could be the ideal leadoff hitter for the Braves. Over the past 5 seasons, he's stolen 195 bases while only once hitting above .250 and getting on base at a .350 clip during that time.
Imagine what he could do if he hit .280 with an OBP of .380?
Little brother Justin is only 25-years-old, but he's already been in the league for 6 seasons, which makes him a pretty experienced player. His career numbers are much better than his brother, with a .278 average, 108 HRs and 363 RBI. All solid numbers, especially for someone who hasn't reached that magical baseball age of 27 yet.
Simply put, he's capable of hitting .300, 30 HRs and 90+ RBI when he reaches his max potential.
Heyward, only 23, is the least certain entity of the three. Braves fans have had a love-hate-love relationship with him during his stint in Atlanta. He broke in and dazzled as a rookie in 2010, hitting .277, with 18 homers and 72 RBI, but then dropped off so severely in his sophomore season (about the time he should have been a sophomore in college) that he lost his starting job. He struggled that year to a meager .227 BA, 14 HR, 42 RBI season, but bounced back last year with an impressive .269-27-82 campaign.
Now he just has to find a way to stay more consistent.
The bottom line is, all three have the capability to hit .280+, hit anywhere from 20-35 home runs and drive in 75 to 100+ runs, all while stealing 20+ bases (40+ for B.J.), and playing above average defense. If they can all reach their full potential this season, look for Atlanta to not only get back to the playoffs, but also to maybe hang around until the end of October when a champion is crowned.