Bruce Flourishes in Debut

May 28, 2008 at 8:48 am 6 comments

(AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Let me start by congratulating the Reds for finally making the right move and calling the best prospect in the world up to the majors and actually playing him.

Jay Bruce was the starting centerfielder when the Reds game started yesterday, leaving manager favorite (and current 0-17 slump) Corey Patterson on the bench. This marks a turning point in the life and career of Bruce and also a turning point in Dusty Baker’s career by benching one of his “boys” for a rookie.

Enough about Baker though; this is about Jay Bruce.

Although Bruce is the top prospect in all of baseball he has his flaws. He’s only 21 and in the majors so he will have some flaws.

Some people denied his patience and he gets a walk in his first at-bat, his first of two walks. In Bruce’s first major league at-bat he drew a walk. Albeit of 4 pitches but it showed patience. He then drew another walk in his third at-bat on a 3-1 pitch that just missed the outside corner. His second walk was critical because it gave the Reds two on and Dunn smacked a three-run homer to tie the game at 3-3.

Some people have said he is too “pull conscious. In his second at-bat he laces a line drive to the opposite field for a single on a 1-2 pitch. So much for all that “pull hitter” talk. He

A lot of people say he can’t hit left-handed pitching. With runners on first and second the Pirates bring in lefty killer Damaso Marte and Bruce lines an 0-1 pitch to none other than the opposite field.

Bruce also stole a base in this game and finished it off with an RBI double that was a line drive one-hopper to the fence with Nady already playing deep.

I’m not saying Bruce won’t struggle with patience, pull consciousness, or against lefties but his debut crushed each and every knock there was against him at the plate. This is one of the best debuts I have ever seen for a 21 year old and there is plenty more where that came from.

“Ah man, I don’t think you can write it any better than this” – Jay Bruce

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  May 28, 2008 at 9:53 am

    He definately makes all the hype about him worth his for his first game. He even scored a stolen base.

    Hopefully, Patterson gets designated for assignment, and is off the Reds permanately. He’s been a completely overrated player. Jay Bruce is the real deal.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I think I might scream if I see Patterson start in CF more than once a week.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  May 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I will join you there, my man.

  • 4. Charlie Nehl  |  May 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Sweet, Corey Patterson was just optioned today. Looks like Bruce might be here to stay, and play every day.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 28, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    That is great news for everyone but Corey Patterson.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

    He had two more walks and another hit and stolen base. He is now 4-6 with 4 walks and two steals in two games.


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