Last season, you asked me what I thought about Delmon Young after I spoke quite a bit about Isolated Discipline (IsoD). IIRC, I noted that I didn't project Young very well due to his low IsoD, even though he had solid skills. Well, take a look at Young's performance this year.
Larry Walker's IsoD through his formative years was around 100 points. That's something Bruce doesn't have. That doesn't mean that Bruce can't succeed at the MLB level with his skill set. But I'd suggest that it might be tougher than we think for Bruce to hit the MLB ground running regardless of how good he's been at the minor league level at a young age. Even Prince Fielder took two years of practice at the MLB level to turn a high IsoD, high IsoP skill set into demonstrative results at a young age.
I'm not trying throw cold water on the potential exhibited by Jay Bruce. I hope he's a younger Ryan Braun version 2.0, but I'd suggest that kind of expectation might be unreasonable.
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Its actually real interesting to look at Delmon Young this season... He has always been a free swinger, becuase he can honestly hit the ball wherever it is if his timing is right. Its a problem that he has right now, but I think its a problem he can get around with time as well. I am much more concerned with his disappearance of power in the second half (.134 first half isoP, .088 second half isoP thanks in part to 9 HR to 1 HR). His bb/k rate has gotten better in the second half though. Lets also not forget that he is just 21 years old.Last season, you asked me what I thought about Delmon Young after I spoke quite a bit about Isolated Discipline (IsoD). IIRC, I noted that I didn't project Young very well due to his low IsoD, even though he had solid skills. Well, take a look at Young's performance this year.
I really hope people don't expect Jay to go Ryan Braun next season. Do I think he is capable of doing it in his age 23 season? Its more likely, but I wouldn't count on him going nuts like Braun has, although if the Reds were to let Bruce bat in front of Griffey or Dunn it would likely help his chances. Braun gets to bat in front of Prince, and well he is getting pitches to hit becuase of it.I'm not trying throw cold water on the potential exhibited by Jay Bruce. I hope he's a younger Ryan Braun version 2.0, but I'd suggest that kind of expectation might be unreasonable.
any Reds outfield that doesnt have Bruce and Hamilton in it would make me very unhappy.
While the Larry Walker comparisons are coming hope, hopefully Jay Bruce isn't accused of taking steroids at any point.
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