Jay Bruce: The Reds Have a Young Budding Superstar in the Outfield
Wednesday May 30th, 2012
Brendan Henderson: Jay Bruce, the 25-year-old right-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds is quickly making a name for himself in the baseball world. Bruce is from Beaumont, Texas and he was selected as the 12th pick in the 2005 amateur draft by the Reds. Bruce is under contract with the Reds until 2017.
Bruce made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2008 at the young age of 21 years old. He batted .254 that year with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs. Jay Bruce finished 5th in Rookie of the Year voting that year, just behind his teammate, Edinson Volquez who finished 4th. Volquez has since moved on to San Diego, in a package for top starter Mat Latos.
Many people might be wondering at this point in his career: “Is Jay Bruce the next great MLB superstar?” I will answer why he may or may not be below.
Currently Jay Bruce is enjoying a break-out year for the Reds. Bruce is currently tied for 12th place overall in the major league lead in home runs with 11 dingers. Bruce is batting .266 with 14 doubles and 32 RBIs. He is tied for 20th in RBIs and tied for 14th in doubles. Those are very good numbers if you ask me, considering that Bruce had 32 home runs last year and already has 11 in his first 47 games played. Bruce also had 97 RBIs in 157 games last year and already 32 in 47 games this year. He is on a good pace to exceed last year’s numbers and put himself in superstar discussions. Bruce’s slugging percentage of .549 is way up this year from last year, when he finished the year with a .474 slugging percentage. Overall, Jay is starting to swing the bat like hoped he could when he was labelled the top prospect in baseball not too long ago. The good news? It will only get better from here. Bruce is starting to mature at the plate, so expect big things from him in the future. Remember he is young; his hitting will progress as he gets older.
Bruce is not just a great hitter but he is also a superb outfielder. After committing 11 errors in his rookie year, Jay has not committed more than 4 errors in a year since. Bruce also has a cannon attached to his body known as his left shoulder. This guy can absolutely launch a baseball. Jay has three outfield assists this year, after having 10 last year. His assists numbers would be up, but not many people take the chance to get an extra bag when the ball is hit to him. Base runners respect Jay Bruce, as they should.
Overall, Jay Bruce has a whole lot of talent and he knows how to use it. He has potential to be one of the best players in the game of baseball in the next couple years and I honestly think he will turn into a bona-fide superstar. You have to remember, he is still maturing. This season represents only his 5th year in the league and he is only 25 years old. Expect big things from this young man, as he teams up with Votto, Phillips and company to try to take the Reds back into the World Series one day soon.
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Posted on May 30, 2012, in MLB Player Profiles, Players: Fantasy Baseball Articles and tagged baseball, brandon phillips, cincinnati reds, edinson volquez, jay bruce, joey votto, mat latos, mlb, outfield. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.