Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution shares the breaking news …
#Braves exec John Hart made passing reference to “Melvin” (B.J.) Upton, then confirmed player will go by Melvin Upton Jr, this season.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) February 22, 2015
Melvin Emanuel Upton Jr. is his birth name. The 30-year-old outfielder may be looking to turn over a new leaf after struggling mightily in his first two seasons with the Braves. He has batted just .198/.279/.314 in 1,028 plate appearances since signing a five-year, $75.25 million free agent contract with Atlanta in November 2012.