ROOKIE WATCH: JAY BRUCE

The Cincinnati Reds have finally called up phenom Jay Bruce. Bruce is a 6’3″ 205 pound outfielder from Beaumont, Texas. Jay is the #1 prospect in all of baseball and it looks like there’s still plenty of time for him to make a strong run for Rookie of the Year. At Louisville this year he was hitting .364 with ten home runs, 37 RBIs, and 8 stolen bases.

I saw Jay Bruce in Dunedin, FL (home of the Toronto Blue Jays, a looong way from Toronto) this spring when the Reds came to Dunedin. Alot of the regulars didn’t make the trip (where’s Junior?), but that was okay with me because I wanted to see Bruce play. He didn’t disappoint that day, got a hit, ran like the wind, and patrolled centerfield like he belonged.

Before the game I had to take care of some business in the Men’s room. Standing in front of a urinal a few down was a gentleman in a Reds cap, who struck up a conversation with me. It turns out it was none other than Jay Bruce’s Dad. He was a very nice man, explaining how the offer from the Reds was just too good to pass up. Jay was all set to accept a college baseball scholarship before the Reds made Bruce their man.

I’m very excited to see Bruce in action in the big leagues starting tonite. The Reds will play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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2 Responses to “ROOKIE WATCH: JAY BRUCE”

  1. Jay Bruce (ist)career AB in the bigs for the Reds vs. Ian Snell is a walk. Way to go kid. I have been waiting to see this kid for some time. He surely is better than Corey “strikeout” Patterson in CF. Lets go Reds!!

    Might have to go see him in person this weekend vs. the Braves. Still can’t believe we lost that 18 inning game vs. SD. That was a crazy game. We were really bad all day. I guess this should not be new since i have followed the Reds for 10 years.

  2. Bruce started off pretty well in his debut last night. 3 for 3, with two walks, two runs, and two RBI’s, is not bad at all for a first game in the bigs.

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