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Jay Allen Bruce

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 195-205 lb.

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Bruce in 2010

Outfielder Jay Bruce was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft and signed by scout Brian Wilson. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Reds, where he hit .270 with 5 home runs in 37 games before being promoted to the Billings Mustangs, where he hit .257 with 4 homers in 17 games. He spent the entire 2006 season with the Dayton Dragons, hitting .291 with 16 home runs and 81 RBIs.

Bruce was the USA's right fielder in the 2007 Futures Game, joining Jacoby Ellsbury and Justin Upton in the outfield. He hit 7th and went 1 for 3 with a triple.

2007 was a remarkable year for Jay Bruce. After beginning the year at class A (Sarasota) (where he hit .325 and slugged .586), Jay was promoted to class AA (Chattanooga) where he proceeded to bat .333 and slugged .652. Still only 20 years old, Bruce was promoted once again, this time to class AAA Louisville where he batted .305 /.358 /.567. He was named the 2007 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America.

Bruce hit .364/.393/.630 with 34 runs and 37 RBI in 49 games for Louisville to open 2008 and was called up to The Show. His major league debut was stunning as he reached base in all five plate appearances. Hitting second and playing center field in a game against Pittsburgh, Bruce drew a walk from Ian Snell in his first big-league plate appearance, then stole second. In the third, he singled against Snell. He drew another walk in the 5th and scored on an Adam Dunn homer. In the 6th, he singled off of Damaso Marte to score Paul Bako. The next inning, Bruce doubled against Marino Salas to drive home Bako once more. He drew another walk in his first plate appearance in his next game, before his streak of reaching base safely ended at six. It was the longest such streak to begin a career since Ted Cox reached base in the first seven plate appearances of his career in 1977.

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