After White Sox righthander Fautino De Los Santos struck out Jacoby Ellsbury on three pitches to start the bottom of the third inning–two 93-94 mph fastballs and finishing him off with a dirty slider–Justin Upton stood in.
And one thing’s for sure, Upton loves to hit the fastball and it doesn’t matter if it’s 96 mph. Upton turned De Los Santos around, hitting a line drive homer to left on the first pitch he saw from the White Sox righthander.
“He can get around on anything,” World coach and Double-A Jacksonville manager John Shoemaker said. “He struggles with good breaking balls, but he can hit the fastball anywhere in the zone.”
Shoemaker knows first hand how much Upton can impact a game–his Jacksonville club was the first team in the Southern League to get a first look at the Diamondbacks’ top prospect after he was promoted from high Class A Visalia in May.
Upton hit four home runs in that series, going 5-for-10 with 10 RBIs in just three games.