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RedsFanatic
07-16-2006, 11:06 AM
I've seen Bruce often compared to Larry Walker. Bruce strikes me as much more athletic than Walker and a better fielder. The only player that strikes me as having a similiar tool set as Bruce is Vernon Wells. Thoughts?

icehole3
07-16-2006, 11:36 AM
Ive seen him a half dozen times now and yes Walker with speed is what Im seeing. He hasnt drove the ball to left the annoucers say he's working on that, but he'll get better. He's a contact guy, thats what I like most about him.

StillFunkyB
07-16-2006, 11:49 AM
The thought of Deno, Bruce, and Dunn gives me chills.

Steve4192
07-16-2006, 11:54 AM
Bruce strikes me as much more athletic than Walker and a better fielder.
I'm guessing you don't remember Larry Walker when he was a young pup.

Larry was one of the most athletic young OF in all of MLB. He was a high percentage base stealer who could swipe 20-30 bags, leg out oodles of extra base hits, track down just about anything in RF, and had a howitzer attached to his shoulder. Larry has six well deserved gold gloves and was among the most feared RF in MLB (both at the plate and in the field) before age slowed him down.

If Jay Bruce even has a smidgen of the athleticism and talent of a young Larry Walker, he will be one heck of a player.

cincyinco
07-16-2006, 05:08 PM
I'm guessing you don't remember Larry Walker when he was a young pup.

Larry was one of the most athletic young OF in all of MLB. He was a high percentage base stealer who could swipe 20-30 bags, leg out oodles of extra base hits, track down anything just about anything in RF, and had a howitzer attached to his shoulder. Larry has six well deserved gold gloves and was among the most feared RF in MLB (both at the plate and in the field) before age slowed him down.

If Jay Bruce even has a smidgen of the athleticism and talent of a young Larry Walker, he will be one heck of a player.

Amen to that brotha! Living in Colorado, I got to see plenty of Larry Walker. The guy was absolutely amazing in his prime. He could def. do it all, including gunning out runners at 1st who thought they had singled. If Bruce can be Larry Walker part deux, we'll all be very very fortunate. He'll be what we all thought Austin Kearns should have been.

Doc. Scott
07-16-2006, 05:31 PM
Walker's problem was that he was injury-prone. Otherwise I'm echoing the rest of you on his ability to do it all.

LoganBuck
07-16-2006, 10:38 PM
I once saw Walker throw a Dodger out at the plate from about two steps in front of the warning track. It was absolutely amazing. The nondescript runner, looked up and shook his head.

thatcoolguy_22
07-17-2006, 04:06 PM
I once saw Larry Walker finger paint with 3 orphans in between the 3rd and 4th in Pittsburgh. Afterwords, words were exchanged over their quality of work and he ate them...

WVRed
07-18-2006, 03:32 PM
The thought of Deno, Bruce, and Dunn gives me chills.

The thought of Griffey, Dunn, and Kearns gave me chills once.

If he can duplicate the 1997 version of Larry Walker, I will be very, very happy.

Steve4192
07-18-2006, 04:32 PM
If he can duplicate the 1997 version of Larry Walker, I will be very, very happy.

That might be asking a little bit much, given that Bruce won't be playing in Coors Field. I would be perfectly happy if he turns into the 1994 version of Walker.

guttle11
07-18-2006, 04:51 PM
As long as Jay knows how many outs there are when he catches a fly ball, the comparison to Walker is a good thing to hear.

cincyinco
07-18-2006, 05:22 PM
Walker's problem was that he was injury-prone. Otherwise I'm echoing the rest of you on his ability to do it all.

Yes, that is true.. its a shame too.. becuase when he was on.. well - i'm not sure that there was really any better RF in baseball - aside from perhaps Vlady.. but he was defenitely awesome. I'm fortunate to have been able to watch him for quite a few years.

Doc. Scott
07-18-2006, 06:42 PM
Yes, that is true.. its a shame too.. becuase when he was on.. well - i'm not sure that there was really any better RF in baseball - aside from perhaps Vlady.. but he was defenitely awesome. I'm fortunate to have been able to watch him for quite a few years.

Vlad has never been the defensive player Walker was, with the possible exception of the arm. Walker was much more fundamentally sound all-around.

dabvu2498
07-19-2006, 12:39 PM
Vlad has never been the defensive player Walker was, with the possible exception of the arm. Walker was much more fundamentally sound all-around.
The guy that plays RF in Seattle could be in that mix as well. He can D up.

Superdude
07-19-2006, 11:30 PM
Bruce's frame and swing remind me of Justin Morneau. It's hard to compare numbers this early in Bruce's career, but their power and patience has been pretty much identical in their first low A season.

SteelSD
07-20-2006, 01:07 AM
Ive seen him a half dozen times now and yes Walker with speed is what Im seeing. He hasnt drove the ball to left the annoucers say he's working on that, but he'll get better. He's a contact guy, thats what I like most about him.

Over 600 PA, he projects 122 K's.

He's doing very well so far, but he hasn't been a "contact guy" although his 2006 K rate is lower than his 2005 numbers (147 K per 600 PA). If he keeps that up if/when he hits the Show, he'll most likely rank in the top 25 or 30 K hitters in baseball.