U.S. outfield full of first-rounders
Jay Bruce, Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A, Reds)
Bruce has been on the fast track to the Major Leagues since the Reds selected him in the first round -- No. 12 overall -- in the 2005 Draft.
The only bump in the road thus far came in the form of a pulled quadriceps muscle that led the Reds to keep him with Class A Dayton for the entirety of the 2006 season as a precaution. The injury hardly slowed him down, though, as he finished the Midwest League season first in extra-base hits (63) and doubles (42), and fifth in RBIs (81) and home runs (16).
Bruce was the youngest player to appear in the 2006 Midwest League All-Star Game, and walked away from the event with the game's Most Valuable Player honor after a 3-for-5 performance that included a two-run homer.
He debuted with Class A Advanced Sarasota this season, where the 20-year-old hit .325 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs in 67 games before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on June 21. Since then, the 6-foot-2 Texan is hitting .293 with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs.
"The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldn’t do it." - Brad Kullman