South Hampton Roads' Top 50 Athletes: Justin Upton

Hometown: Chesapeake

Sport: Baseball

Rank: 49 (ahead of William H. Lewis and behind Leon Ruffin)

Born: 1987

Claim to fame: No. 1 pick in 2005 Major League Baseball draft

The Arizona Diamondbacks could have chosen any eligible amateur baseball player on the planet with the top pick. They selected Upton, a 17-year-old from Great Bridge High. He became the first South Hampton Roads product picked No. 1, and he one-upped big brother B.J., the No. 2 pick in 2002. Upton hit .519 for the Wildcats as a senior and was Gatorade national high school player of the year, after being named AFLAC national player of the year as a junior. A high school shortstop, he moved to the outfield and made his major league debut in 2007, three weeks shy of turning 20. An injury limited Upton to 108 games in 2008, but he hit 15 home runs and is considered one of the game's top prospects.

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