I don't know how many times I've stated my admiration for Bruce as a player and a prospect. To me, he's far more valuable to the future of the franchise than Bailey. He's bar none the Reds' best prospect.
Just as you were very critical of Bonderman. Last year when he pitched against the Reds, I remember debating his merits with you - you though he was a mediocrity. It looks like you changed your mind since then. Perhaps that will happen with Bailey, as well.
Bailey is much more valuable than Bruce for the Reds future. Bruce, while a good prospect, is overvalued on these boards. He isn't a sure thing "superstar" like so many believe. Matter of fact, he more than likely becomes a 'good player' but not a superstar.
If Bailey turns into a "ace" pitcher, great, but if he "just" turns into typical number 2, that is much better than Bruce turning into a good player.
Starting pitching is the lifeblood of a franchise.
Maybe Bruce destroys the upper minors next year like Upton is this year, but that still doesn't make a sure superstar. It isn't "how far along" are you, but "how good are you going to be". His major league time will make that call.
combined minor league numbers
307 IP.... 235 hits and 136 walks with 333 K's
14 home runs (1 per 22 innings)