West Brook grad Jay Bruce to be named minor league player of the year
By CHRIS DABE , The Enterprise
Former West Brook baseball player Jay Bruce will be named Baseball America's minor league player of the year Friday, according to his mother, Martha.
An outfielder in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Jay Bruce learned of the award last week but declined to talk about it until it was officially announced. An announcement will be made Friday, according to baseballamerica.com.
"He's more excited about this award than when he was drafted," Martha Bruce said Thursday.
The announcement comes less than a week after Lumberton native Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in his second major-league start.
Bruce began the season with Single-A Sarasota, Fla., but ended at Triple-A Louisville. A left-handed hitter, he batted .319 with 26 home runs and 89 RBI. He struck out 135 times.
Bruce will not be added to the Reds' expanded roster this month, the Cincinnati Post reported. Bruce was selected 12th overall in the 2005 draft.