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Jay Bruce

28-Year-Old Outfielder – Cincinnati Reds

2015 Stats

AVG

.226

HR

26

RBI

87

R

72

SB

9

2016 RotoWire Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Bruce has never developed into the superstar that the Reds thought he might become, and now it appears that his crippling-low batting average is the new normal as more teams continue to shift aggressi...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 227   DOB: 4/3/1987   BORN: Beaumont, TX   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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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.

November 23, 2015  –  Jay Bruce News

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Jay Bruce Stats
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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 137 545 493 71 107 40 21 1 18 66 12 3 44 149 1 5 2 .217 .281 .373 .654
2015 28 MAJ CIN 157 649 580 72 131 65 35 4 26 87 9 5 58 145 0 9 2 .226 .294 .434 .728
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3-Year Averages     151 629 566 77 134 59 33 2 24 87 9 3 55 159 0 6 2 .237 .304 .429 .733
Career  (View All)     1123 4,599 4,111 595 1,018 445 216 21 208 638 57 34 427 1,113 3 36 22 .248 .319 .462 .781

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Jay Bruce Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Oct. 4 @Pit 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .294 .434 .728
Oct. 3 @Pit 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .294 .434 .728
Oct. 2 @Pit 6 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .294 .437 .731
Oct. 1 ChC 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .294 .436 .730
Sep. 30 ChC 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .225 .294 .435 .729
Sep. 29 ChC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 .226 .296 .437 .733
Sep. 28 @Was 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .297 .439 .736
Sep. 27 NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228 .297 .442 .739
Sep. 26 NYM 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .299 .445 .744
Sep. 25 NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228 .299 .445 .744
Sep. 24 NYM 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .300 .448 .748
Sep. 23 @StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .300 .444 .744
Sep. 22 @StL 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .302 .447 .749
Sep. 21 @StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .303 .443 .746
Sep. 20 @Mil 3 3 2 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .305 .446 .751
Sep. 19 @Mil 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .302 .433 .735
Sep. 18 @Mil 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .303 .436 .739
Sep. 16 @SF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .300 .431 .731
Sep. 15 @SF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .303 .435 .738
Sep. 14 @SF 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .304 .437 .741
Sep. 13 StL Did not play.
Sep. 12 StL 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .304 .433 .737
Sep. 11 StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .305 .433 .738
Sep. 10 StL 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .234 .307 .436 .743
Sep. 9 Pit 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .306 .437 .743
Sep. 8 Pit 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .308 .441 .749
Sep. 7 Pit 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .307 .440 .747
Sep. 6 Mil 5 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .305 .440 .745
Sep. 5 Mil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .302 .432 .734
Sep. 5 Mil 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .303 .433 .736
Last 7 Days 23 1 4 2 0 0 3 2 7 0 0 0 2 2 .174 .222 .261 .483
Last 14 Days 51 4 8 2 0 2 5 2 13 0 0 0 3 2 .157 .179 .314 .493
Last 30 Days 108 18 23 3 0 7 15 8 28 0 0 0 3 2 .213 .261 .435 .696

Jay Bruce: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 150 150 2
2014 3 131 131
2013 160 160
2012 154 154
2011 155 155
2010 146 146
2009 98 98

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Jay Bruce Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015166164234.229.380.666
2014118186171.161.339.556
20132032510302.246.443.734

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20154145622645.225.457.754
201437553124911.235.384.685
20134236420795.270.494.841

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152813813495.235.448.745
20142394210267.188.347.622
20133044216473.224.444.749

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152993413384.217.421.714
2014254298405.244.398.685
20133224714624.298.509.861
Jay Bruce Advanced Stats
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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 545 493 8.1% 27.3% 0.30 70% .273 .156
2015 28 MAJ CIN 649 580 8.9% 22.3% 0.40 75% .257 .208
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3-Year Averages     629 566 8.7% 25.3% 0.35 72% .287 .192
Career     4,599 4,111 9.3% 24.2% 0.38 73% .290 .214

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2015 Stat Review for Jay Bruce    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.226 AVG
TERRIBLE
75% Contact Rate
POOR
.257 BABIP
LOW
Power

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.434 SLG
AVERAGE
.208 ISO
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Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.40 BB/K
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8.9% BB Rate
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22.3% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

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.728 OPS
WEAK
.294 OBP
POOR

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for Jay Bruce

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

Bruce went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two walks in Friday's win over the Brewers.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

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Bruce is out of the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Brewers.

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Bruce went 3-for-5 with a double, three-run homer, three RBI and three runs scored in a 12-9 victory over the Brewers on Saturday.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Saturday.

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Bruce went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Pirates.

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Bruce was not traded prior to Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.

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Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Friday against the Pirates, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

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Bruce hit a two-run double and provided another RBI on a sacrifice fly in Thursday's 15-5 win over the Pirates.

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Bruce had a huge day at the plate in the Reds' loss to the Rockies on Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs.

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Bruce is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cubs, according to MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2015

It's convenient to blame Bruce's struggles on the knee injury that sidelined him in early May, but it might still be the primary cause for his struggles. He was first sidelined on May 4 and the expectation was that he'd be out four weeks. He returned from the DL on May 21. Did his swing change because he was compensating for the injury? It's a reasonable guess. His approach at the plate became a mess because of his struggles -- he swung far less often at pitches in the zone than he did at any point during his career. He hit fewer line drives and even fewer flyballs. A return to prominence isn't guaranteed, but a full recovery from the injury this offseason could go a long way toward helping him recoup his swing. Opposing teams employed radical shifts more than ever against him last year and it had a pronounced effect on his batting average, so don't expect him to hit better than .250, but the power should return.

2014

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 streakiness. There is some hope that Bruce is entering his prime years, but 2013 didn't bring any evidence - just more of the same. Mind you, 30-100 seasons aren't bad by any measure, but he hasn't improved his contact rate at a point in his career where that next step should take place. A power spike could theoretically happen, but owners shouldn't rely upon him becoming a high-average, elite power hitter.

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.