07-26-2007, 07:40 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Re: Is Bruce staying in AAA?
Tim Evearitt of The Chattanoogan wrote an article on this subject today
Will Jay Bruce Return To The Chattanooga Lookouts?
by Tim Evearitt
posted July 26, 2007
Many Lookouts fans were looking forward to watching Jay Bruce spend the second half of the season playing for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
However, after just 16 games as a member of Chattanooga's team, Bruce was moved to Triple-A Louisville - ostensibly to take the place of Dewayne Wise, who went to the disabled list. Lookouts manager Jayhawk Owens said he expected to see the 20-year phenom back after about a week. Owens qualified his comments noting that Bruce could earn a stay.
It appears more and more likely that we have seen the last of Mr. Bruce. Wednesday he hit his fourth home run for the Bats and is hitting a respectable .267. Wise remains on the DL.
Bruce has had 45 at bats in 13 games for Louisville. Along with the four homers, he has a double, two triples, and driven in nine runs.
While playing here, he had 22 hits in 66 plate appearances that included seven doubles, a triple, four homers, and 15 RBI.
If the young outfielder doesn't return, we are saddened but our loss is Louisville's gain since Bruce, whenever he arrives, is expected to be an impact player in the Major Leagues.
This is what Baseball America says of the one they rate second among the top-ten Cincinnati Reds prospects:
"Bruce quickly has established himself as the best hitting prospect in the system and one of the best in the minors. He has quick hands and a smooth swing path that allow him to keep the bat in the strike zone for quite a while. Scouts were impressed that he could turn on 95-mph fastballs with his plus bat speed, and he also knows how to go the other way if pitchers try to work the outside corner.
He projects to be an above-average hitter with above-average power. His two-strike approach is also impressive.
In the outfield, Bruce gets good jumps to go with his slightly above-average speed. He can handle center field, though most scouts expect he'll end up as a strong-armed right fielder once he fills out. He's also a gamer who enjoys coming to the ballpark every day."