Bruce Tops BA’s Hot Sheet

For the week of May 9-15th, Jay Bruce has absolutely been crushing it here in Louisville, and so he was named to the top spot in this week’s Baseball America’s Hot Sheet List.

Bruce was so good this week that superlatives alone cannot do him justice. (A 2.103 OPS—are you kidding?) In last week’s Hot Sheet, we speculated that Bruce was just getting started, because he had reached base in 12 of his last 19 plate appearances. But even we could not have been prepared for this type of offensive onslaught.

We’re so glad Corey Patterson was signed for $3 million.

Bruce is hitting as well now as he has at any point in his pro career. He finished a single shy of the cycle on Wednesday, though in an encouraging sign, he did draw two unintentional walks in the game. He’s batting .366/.398/.662 overall and has hits in nine of his last 10. And for such a young lefty batter, he hangs in against his own side, batting .383/.380/.660 in 47 at-bats.

Dusty, we don’t want to rush players up here.  No need to destroy their confidence or competitive fire. He definitely needs more work.

For a man who owns a .566 career slugging percentage at the Triple-A level (at ages 20 and 21, no less), Bruce needs only to refine his batting eye (seven unintentional walks in 39 games) to get that first call-up to Cincinnati.

Just another week at the office for Mr. Bruce.  It is encouraging that he is taking more balls out of the strike zone and, other than finding a spot for him on the roster, this is probably the one area that could really bolster his chances of being in Cincinnati sooner rather than later.

Although we think it should have been yesterday.


2 Responses

  1. Would you like to do a link exchange? Let me know.

  2. Jay Bruce will be the best player to wear Red in Cincy since Morgan and Bench IMO. I can’t wait till he arrives.

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