Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

J-Up finding swing deep in spring campaign

J-Up finding swing deep in spring campaign play video for J-Up finding swing deep in spring campaign

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Justin Upton has been around long enough to not be bothered by what transpires during the early weeks of Spring Training, but he also understands the potential benefit of exiting the Grapefruit League season with some momentum.

"It's always good to have good at-bats," Upton said. "When you start squaring balls up consistently for a few days, you know that you're starting to find a little bit of rhythm. You just try to maintain that as long as possible. Hopefully, you start getting hot now and you roll it into the season."

Upton began his Grapefruit campaign with just four hits in his first 28 at-bats. But despite going hitless in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Tigers, he has recorded four hits, including two doubles and a number of loud outs over the course of his past 14 at-bats.

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares robbed Upton of a home run during the first inning of Thursday's game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and caught another of the Braves outfielder's long drives along the warning track in the third inning.

Upton then found a couple of holes as he singled and doubled in his final two at-bats on Thursday.

"Those at-bats were about as good as I've seen him take," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "If he stays right there in the middle of the field like that, he's going to be a tough out. His at-bats are getting better and better. That's a good sign to see at this point in Spring Training."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español