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dougdirt
09-03-2007, 12:08 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=572

Wayne Krivsky paid a visit to Triple-A Louisville last week, where the Reds general manager informed 20-year-old outfielder Jay Bruce he would not be making the trip to Cincinnati when rosters expanded over the weekend.

Bruce, who jumped from high Class A Sarasota, spent just 16 games in Double-A Chattanooga and has held his own in the International League, put up arguably the best numbers in the minor leagues in 2007. Including the three stops, the 2005 first-rounder batted .320/.376/.591 with 26 homers and 89 RBIs in 518 at-bats.

With one game left on the schedule, Bruce led the minor leagues in extra base hits (80), ranked seventh in hits (166), fourth in doubles (46), second in total bases (106), and sixth in slugging percentage.

Bruce won’t get his first taste of the big leagues this season, but he is equally thrilled to be a part of Team USA club that will participate in the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan Nov. 6-18.

“Everybody wants to make it to the big leagues—of course that’s your ultimate goal,” Bruce said. “But having the chance to represent my country . . . not a lot of guys get the chance to do that. My goal this season was to move to Double-A, so being able to spend most of the second half in Triple-A has been awesome. I’ve learned a lot that I think will prepare me better for when they decide to bring me up.”

So while Bruce is the odd man out of September callups, plenty of clubs made moves this weekend when rosters expanded.

Blue
09-03-2007, 12:20 PM
More concerning to me is that he is out of the starting lineup in Louisville for the third straight day.

Matt700wlw
09-03-2007, 12:53 PM
I was hoping to see him.

KronoRed
09-03-2007, 12:55 PM
Good to hear.

GoReds33
09-03-2007, 04:05 PM
I think its just because Krivsky was too lazy to make a 40 man roster move. He wouldn't want to lose Stanton.:D

Matt700wlw
09-03-2007, 05:50 PM
Nope...tick tick tick tick tick.

Clock.

:)

GoReds33
09-03-2007, 05:51 PM
Nope...tick tick tick tick tick.

Clock.

:)I know, but if he makes the team out of Spring training next year he's gonna be a super two anyway.:)

kaldaniels
09-03-2007, 06:10 PM
I know, but if he makes the team out of Spring training next year he's gonna be a super two anyway.:)

If the Reds pick up Dunn's option...does Bruce make the bigs...or does he stay in Louisville to play everyday until the Donkey is traded....I have Dunn,Jr.,Josh as the starting OF next year. I'm interested to hear the thoughts of the forum regarding this.

If the Reds know they aren't picking up Dunn's option, I call up Bruce yesterday for what its worth.

OnBaseMachine
09-03-2007, 06:16 PM
If it's me, I pick up Dunn's option and deal Griffey for pitching.

kcjones
09-03-2007, 06:16 PM
Can someone explain how TEAM USA operates? When does their season start, end, who do they play, who is on the roster, etc.?

dougdirt
09-03-2007, 06:20 PM
I think its an absolute no brainer to pick up Dunns option. To be honest, if the Reds are ever going to move Ken Griffey Jr, this offseason would be the time to do it. I pray that he goes somewhere that he can win, because the guy absolutely deserves it. That said, if it does not happen and April rolls around with Griffey, Dunn and Hamilton all healthy and on the roster, Jay is heading to Louisville.

Oh, and Team USA has a website, www.usabaseball.com

Oxilon
09-04-2007, 12:53 PM
If it's me, I pick up Dunn's option and deal Griffey for pitching.

Not going to happen. With Griffey's chase to #600, it would be an absolute PR mistake. The Reds are going to cash in with Griffey's historic chase, and they'd be very stupid to trade him and lose all the ticket sales that would be generated from it.

flyer85
09-04-2007, 12:57 PM
I think the reason the Reds aren't bringing him up is mainly due to
1) a lack of available PT
2) save the 40 man roster spot. One would think the Reds are in for a busy off-season with a lot of flux on the 40 man.

UC_Ken
09-04-2007, 02:57 PM
If it's me, I pick up Dunn's option and deal Griffey for pitching.

I'd pick up Dunn's option and ship him to 1B. Then I'd trade Votto and Hatteberg for pitching or a right handed power stick. I'd also offer Dunn a long term contract to play 1B.

RedsManRick
09-04-2007, 03:00 PM
Keep Junior in Cincy for 600, then trade him to a contender at the break. He's probably more likely to waive his 10/5 to go to a for sure contender rather than a "good" team in December.

Heck, once we extend Dunn, we can move him after June 15th, so he could go at the deadline too, particularly if he won't sign (or we don't offer) a long term deal.

There's nothing wrong with giving Bruce a few more months in AAA. My only question is, given an outfield of Bruce, Hamilton, and Dunn/Griffey, who plays CF?

dunner13
09-04-2007, 03:03 PM
Keep dunn and junior for next year. Then come may when griffey pulls something and is out for 3 months bring up bruce.

dougdirt
09-04-2007, 03:26 PM
Keep dunn and junior for next year. Then come may when griffey pulls something and is out for 3 months bring up bruce.

Arent we optimistic?:thumbdown

dougdirt
09-04-2007, 03:29 PM
There's nothing wrong with giving Bruce a few more months in AAA. My only question is, given an outfield of Bruce, Hamilton, and Dunn/Griffey, who plays CF?
Rick, I have seen Hamilton play CF, and his range isn't quite what I would like in CF. He gets the balls he should in CF, but if he and Bruce are both in the OF, I would let Bruce play in CF until he shows less range out there. Plus, Hamilton has the slightly better arm than Bruce, which would be better suited for a corner. Still a nice little problem to have.

RedsManRick
09-04-2007, 03:33 PM
Rick, I have seen Hamilton play CF, and his range isn't quite what I would like in CF. He gets the balls he should in CF, but if he and Bruce are both in the OF, I would let Bruce play in CF until he shows less range out there. Plus, Hamilton has the slightly better arm than Bruce, which would be better suited for a corner. Still a nice little problem to have.

I'm more worried about having a team with a LF (Dunn or Junior) and two RF. I agree regarding Hamilton, he's serviceable in CF but no asset. My understanding of Bruce is that he is similar to Hamilton defensively. If he's truly superior, then there's not really a question.