Cincinnati Reds Report Cards: Jay Bruce

Posted: 2nd December 2009 by Cliff Eastham in MLB
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When Jay Bruce came up from Louisville in 2008 he showed shades of brilliance. He reminded me in a small way of Mickey Mantle. He certainly had the strikeouts down pat. After settling down, he showed no further signs of greatness last season. In 2009 his power revealed itself on the major league level. He had 15 home runs before Memorial Day and looked like he was set for a 40/HR year. His average bottomed and we see now a true .240 hitter with excellent power. He had three games of multiple homers, the highlight of the season for him coming on Sept. 29 in a home game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bruce hit two round-trippers and knocked in five runs. He was on the Disabled List from July 11 until Sept. 14 with a broken wrist. Bruce is a better-than-average outfielder, with range enough ...

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