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In younger Upton, a star is born

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Excerpt: "It takes a team to raise a prodigy. And then he must stand alone in a batters’ box. Already, not 250 plate appearances in, Upton is recognizing pitches that beat him in September. Scouts admire how his mind is beginning to work within at-bats. The hands already were quick, now the head is gaining. He’s batting .400 after the fourth inning, .538 in his third at-bat against a starting pitcher... He was the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, the same first round that gave us Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Mike Pelfrey, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza, Travis Buck and Clay Buchholz. Of them, only Upton was taken out of high school (Great Bridge, Chesapeake, Va.). Upton has arrived alongside them already."