RotoWire Partners

Jay Bruce

27-Year-Old Outfielder – Cincinnati Reds

2014 Stats

AVG

.220

HR

3

RBI

10

R

14

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

AVG

HR

RBI

R

SB

2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

It took Bruce 20 games to hit his first homer of the season, and he ended April with the sole long ball. He subsequently hit a combined 17 homers in May and June, perfectly illustrating his streakines...

Read more about Jay Bruce

LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 217   DOB: 4/3/1987   BORN: Beaumont, TX   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

$

Jay Bruce Contract Information:

Agreed to a six-year, $51 million contract with the Reds in December 2010. The deal includes an option for a seventh year that would push the value to $63 million.

April 16, 2014  –  Jay Bruce News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Bruce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates, according to the Reds' Jamie Ramsey.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Jay Bruce – simply subscribe now.

Jay Bruce Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats       Show 5x5 Stats OnlyShow All Statistics       Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 19 A A 117 488 444 69 129 63 42 5 16 81 19 9 44 106 0 0 0 .291 .355 .516 .871
2007 20 A Sar 67 292 268 49 87 43 27 5 11 49 4 4 24 67 0 0 0 .325 .379 .586 .965
2007 20 AA CHA 16 74 66 10 22 12 7 1 4 15 2 1 8 20 0 0 0 .333 .405 .652 1.057
2007 20 AAA LOU 50 204 187 28 57 25 12 2 11 25 2 2 15 48 0 1 1 .305 .358 .567 .925
2008 21 AAA LOU 49 201 184 34 67 24 9 5 10 37 8 1 12 45 0 5 0 .364 .393 .630 1.023
2008 21 MAJ CIN 108 452 413 63 105 39 17 1 21 52 4 6 33 110 0 2 4 .254 .314 .453 .767
2009 22 AAA LOU 5 20 18 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 .278 .350 .278 .628
2009 22 MAJ CIN 101 387 345 47 77 39 15 2 22 58 3 3 38 75 1 1 2 .223 .303 .470 .773
2010 23 MAJ CIN 148 573 509 80 143 53 23 5 25 70 5 4 58 136 0 5 1 .281 .353 .493 .846
2011 24 MAJ CIN 157 664 585 84 150 61 27 2 32 97 8 7 71 158 1 2 5 .256 .341 .474 .815
2012 25 MAJ CIN 155 633 560 89 141 74 35 5 34 99 9 3 62 155 0 7 4 .252 .327 .514 .841
2013 26 MAJ CIN 160 696 626 89 164 74 43 1 30 109 7 3 63 185 0 5 2 .262 .329 .478 .807
2014 27 MAJ CIN 17 74 59 14 13 7 3 1 3 10 1 0 14 18 0 1 0 .220 .365 .458 .823
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jay Bruce
3-Year Averages MAJ   157 662 590 87 151 69 35 2 32 101 8 4 65 166 0 4 3 .256 .331 .485 .816
Career  (View All) MAJ   846 3479 3097 466 793 347 163 17 167 495 37 26 339 837 2 23 18 .256 .331 .481 .812

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

No No No
Jay Bruce Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 20 @ChC 5 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .220 .365 .458 .823
Apr. 19 @ChC 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .204 .362 .389 .751
Apr. 18 @ChC 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .157 .323 .353 .676
Apr. 16 Pit Did not play.
Apr. 15 Pit 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .152 .333 .348 .681
Apr. 14 Pit 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .345 .381 .726
Apr. 13 TB 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .179 .353 .410 .763
Apr. 12 TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .158 .283 .368 .651
Apr. 11 TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .171 .302 .400 .702
Apr. 9 @StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .188 .308 .438 .746
Apr. 8 @StL 4 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207 .324 .483 .807
Apr. 7 @StL 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .160 .300 .400 .700
Apr. 6 @NYM 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .308 .455 .763
Apr. 5 @NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .273 .500 .773
Apr. 4 @NYM 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .333 .625 .958
Apr. 3 StL 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .308 .455 .763
Apr. 2 StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000 .125
Mar. 31 StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .250
Last 7 Days 21 9 7 3 0 1 2 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 .619 1.119
Last 14 Days 43 11 9 3 1 1 5 12 13 1 0 0 1 0 .209 .375 .395 .770
Last 30 Days 59 14 13 3 1 3 10 14 18 1 0 0 1 0 .220 .365 .458 .823

Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jay Bruce

<a href='/baseball/showArticle.htm?id=20109'>Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftStreet (Basic Strategy)</a>

Fantasy 101: How To Win On DraftStreet (Basic Strategy)

Michael Rathburn dishes out everything you need to know to come out on top of fantasy daily games on DraftStreet.

More Jay Bruce Articles   View Last 30

DraftKings MLB: Value Plays For The Week  

RotoWire Roundtable: Late March Update  

RotoWire Roundtable: Early March Top 350  

2014 Reds Team Preview: Is That It?  

Jay Bruce: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 17 17
2013 160 160
2012 154 154
2011 155 155
2010 146 146
2009 98 98

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Advanced Stats

Jay Bruce Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132032510302.246.443.734
20121692111321.225.450.754
20111752511351.240.491.804

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20134236420795.270.494.841
20123916823678.263.542.879
20114105921627.263.466.818

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133044216473.224.444.749
20122805121614.286.607.963
20112884416504.274.500.842

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133224714624.298.509.861
20122803813385.218.421.719
20112974016474.239.448.788
Jay Bruce Advanced Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats      Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2006 19 A A 488 444 9% 21.7% 0.42 76% .351 .225
2007 20 A Sar 292 268 8.2% 22.9% 0.36 75% .400 .261
2007 20 AA CHA 74 66 10.8% 27% 0.40 70% .429 .319
2007 20 AAA LOU 204 187 7.4% 23.5% 0.31 74% .359 .262
2008 21 AAA LOU 201 184 6% 22.4% 0.27 76% .442 .266
2008 21 MAJ CIN 452 413 7.3% 24.3% 0.30 73% .298 .199
2009 22 AAA LOU 20 18 10% 15% 0.67 83% .333 .000
2009 22 MAJ CIN 387 345 9.8% 19.4% 0.51 78% .222 .247
2010 23 MAJ CIN 573 509 10.1% 23.7% 0.43 73% .339 .212
2011 24 MAJ CIN 664 585 10.7% 23.8% 0.45 73% .299 .218
2012 25 MAJ CIN 633 560 9.8% 24.5% 0.40 72% .288 .262
2013 26 MAJ CIN 696 626 9.1% 26.6% 0.34 70% .326 .216
2014 27 MAJ CIN 74 59 18.9% 24.3% 0.78 69% .263 .238
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Jay Bruce
3-Year Averages MAJ   662 590 9.8% 25.1% 0.39 72% .304 .229
Career MAJ   3479 3097 9.7% 24.1% 0.41 73% .299 .225

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▲ Games By Position

No No

2014 Stat Review for Jay Bruce    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

Explain This

.220 AVG
TERRIBLE
69% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.263 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

Explain This

.458 SLG
GOOD
.238 ISO
ELITE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

Explain This

0.78 BB/K
ELITE
18.9% BB Rate
ELITE
24.3% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

Explain This

.823 OPS
GREAT
.365 OBP
GREAT

Cincinnati Reds Roster

Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Jay Bruce (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jose Veras CHI-N 9 4 2 2 1 3 0 .444 1.111 1.611
Lance Lynn STL 19 9 2 8 2 6 0 .474 1.053 1.553
Tom Gorzelanny MIL 14 5 3 5 6 5 0 .357 1.000 1.550
Marco Estrada MIL 17 6 4 8 2 4 0 .353 1.118 1.539
Shaun Marcum CLE 11 4 2 4 3 5 0 .364 1.000 1.500
Wesley Wright CHI-N 13 5 2 5 3 4 0 .385 .923 1.423
Lucas Harrell HOU 13 6 1 9 3 1 2 .462 .846 1.409
Matt Garza MIL 16 6 2 6 1 5 0 .375 .875 1.287
Charlie Morton PIT 21 7 2 5 2 4 0 .333 .857 1.274
Joel Pineiro CHI-N 12 4 2 5 0 0 0 .333 .917 1.250

Worst Matchups for Jay Bruce (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
A.J. Burnett PHI 27 3 0 3 2 10 2 .111 .148 .309
Dan Hudson AZ 10 1 0 2 1 2 0 .100 .100 .267
Wandy Rodriguez PIT 37 3 1 1 0 16 1 .081 .162 .243
Madison Bumgarner SF 9 1 0 2 0 3 0 .111 .111 .222
J.A. Happ TOR 9 1 0 1 0 5 0 .111 .111 .222
Tony Watson PIT 11 0 0 0 3 4 0 .000 .000 .214
Brad Thompson MIN 10 1 0 0 0 2 0 .100 .100 .200
Tommy Hanson CHI-A 11 0 0 1 2 3 0 .000 .000 .154
Francisco Liriano PIT 11 0 0 0 0 6 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Wacha STL 11 0 0 0 0 7 0 .000 .000 .000

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Advanced Stats      ▲ Games By Position

Jay Bruce: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Bruce showcased his patience Sunday, going 1-for-1 at the plate with four walks and four runs scored.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Cards. His first-inning triple opened the scoring for the Reds and was the 17th of his career.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a losing effort against the Mets on Friday night.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce has hit .273 (9-of-33) with five RBI and one home run so far in spring ball.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce could bat in the cleanup spot, directly behind Joey Votto, when the Reds face a right-handed starter, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-5 with his 30th homer -- a grand slam -- five RBI and two runs in Tuesday's win over the Astros.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI Monday night as the Reds defeated the Astros 6-0.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-5 with two runs, five RBI, and his 26th homer of the season in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Monday against the Cardinals.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 1-for-4 Wednesday afternoon with three RBI and a home run against the Athletics.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce hit his 21st homer of the season Thursday against the Dodgers' Zack Greinke.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Bruce went 2-for-4 Wednesday afternoon with a run scored and two RBI.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

Subscribe now to see our 2014 outlook.

2013

Has Bruce hit his upper plateau, or is there another peak left for him to climb? On one hand, Bruce turns 26 at the start of the 2013 season, and hitters often peak in their age 27-29 seasons. His isolated power is trending upward, hitting a career-high .263 last season. On the other hand, his contact rate hasn't improved over the last three years, in fact taking a slight turn for the worse in 2012. Our guess is that his batting average won't show much luck-independent improvement, but there could be a few 40-homer seasons in his future if he remains in Cincinnati.

2012

Bruce's career trajectory is on the rise. He saw career highs in every major counting category to go along with a career-high walk rate and isolated slugging percentage. He improved his performance against left-handers, at least in terms of hitting for power. He has one of the better right-field arms in the game, for those of you in simulation games like Strat-O-Matic or Scoresheet. His low contact rate (73 percent in each of the last two seasons) will prevent him from being an elite hitter for average, but stardom is on his doorstep otherwise. At age 25 in 2012, there's still room for improvement.

2011

Bruce started slowly for the Reds in 2010, hitting into a decent share of bad luck in April, mixed in with a low contact rate. The luck turned around midseason and Bruce finished the year on fire, ending up with a career-high .846 OPS. He's capable of hitting 30-35 homers at his peak, which might occur in the next couple of seasons. He has a big home/road split, but any concern over that has been washed away by his six-year, $51 million contract extension signed in the offseason. The only factor keeping him from being among the elite fantasy outfielders is a lack of stolen bases - he seems unlikely to top double-digits in any given season.

2010

While there are signs that Bruce is *this* close to breaking out (.222 BABIP, improved walk rate and contact rate), his troubles against lefties are a significant problem. Only two of his 22 homers were against southpaws, and he was starting to get benched against select lefties before his wrist injury in July. Keep in mind that he turns just 23 in April, so there's plenty of time for him to improve, but hope that the Reds (and Dusty Baker) share your patience.

2009

Bruce's big major league splash and preseason hype makes his .254/.314/.453 season seem like a disappointment, but keep in mind he did this as a 21-year-old, with only 115 games above A-ball under his belt. Bruce needs to improve his pitch selection (33 walks, 110 strikeouts in 413 at-bats) and lefties throttled him (.190/.263/.299 in 137 at-bats). But improvement in both areas is possible and likely - get him now in dynasty leagues, while the price is still low.

2008

The Reds are in a tricky spot with Bruce, seeing him advance far quicker than they expected. While he still strikes out too frequently, he's very close to being ready for the majors. Yet the team has a surplus of outfielders and new manager Dusty "I haven't seen him play yet" Baker is someone who seems less inclined to pencil him in the lineup right away. The Reds' trade of Josh Hamilton might open up the door for Bruce to start in Cincinnati right away, although at press time there was still some talk that the team was interested in signing Mike Cameron. He's adjusted rapidly to the level of competition with each promotion, so he's likely to succeed right away once he gets that shot.

2007

Bruce had another solid campaign, tearing apart the low-A Midwest League at age 19. Obviously it will get tougher as he climbs the ladder, but so far he's fulfilling the potential the Reds saw when they made him their first-round pick in the 2005 draft. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts some (after all, he's a Red -- who in their organization doesn't need to cut down on his strikeouts?) but if he's not already owned in your Ultra League, you should put him near the top of your prospect lists.

2006

Bruce was drafted out of high school in Texas with the number 12 overall pick in the 2005 draft. His power potential is significant, but he needs quite a bit of refining, particularly in managing the strike zone.