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Jay Bruce

30-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

2017 Stats

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.254

HR

36

RBI

101

R

82

SB

1

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

After a couple of frustrating seasons, Bruce rebounded in 2016, fueled by his lowest strikeout rate since his 2009 sophomore campaign. His power stroke returned with 33 homers, the second-highest tota...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   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.

September 28, 2017  –  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
2016 29 MAJ CIN 97 402 370 60 98 53 22 6 25 80 4 2 27 83 0 3 2 .265 .316 .559 .875
2016 29 MAJ NYM 50 187 169 14 37 13 5 0 8 19 0 0 17 43 0 0 1 .219 .294 .391 .685
2016  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ CIN/NYM 147 589 539 74 135 66 27 6 33 99 4 2 44 126 0 3 3 .250 .309 .506 .815
2017 30 MAJ NYM 103 448 406 61 104 49 20 0 29 75 0 1 39 102 0 2 1 .256 .321 .520 .841
2017 30 MAJ CLE 43 169 149 21 37 18 9 2 7 26 1 0 18 37 0 1 1 .248 .331 .477 .808
2017  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ NYM/CLE 146 617 555 82 141 67 29 2 36 101 1 1 57 139 0 3 2 .254 .324 .508 .832
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3-Year Averages     147 592 537 72 124 55 27 3 25 84 8 3 48 140 0 5 2 .231 .294 .432 .726
Career  (View All)     1416 5,805 5,205 751 1,294 578 272 29 277 838 62 37 528 1,378 3 42 27 .249 .319 .472 .790

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Jay Bruce: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 12 133 133 3
2016 138 1 138 2
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
2017171239241.222.433.718
2016158146222.222.411.678
2015166164234.229.380.666

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20173845927770.268.542.883
20163816027772.262.546.872
20154145622645.225.457.754

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20172783715420.227.428.742
20162593617494.239.486.784
20152813813495.235.448.745

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20172774521591.282.588.923
20162803816500.261.525.844
20152993413384.217.421.714
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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

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Jay Bruce Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 RF 1319.7 2 296 4 2 677 -5 221 4
2016 CF 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 RF 838 -16 197 -11 -16 455 -4 245 -2
2016 RF 351.7 8 74 5 8 159 2 53 3
2017 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 RF 340 -4 57 -1 -4 189 -1 30 1
2017 1B 89 0 10 -1 0 0 64 -1 13 0 -2 2 0
2017 RF 800 16 189 6 16 416 1 159 2
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 RF 6 7 -8 0 0 0 3 2 0 5
2016 CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 RF 1 -2 -10 0 0 -6 2 -9 0 -13
2016 RF 4 0 1 0 0 -1 -1 4 0 2
2017 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 RF 0 1 -3 0 0 -1 -1 -2 0 -4
2017 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 RF -2 1 7 0 0 3 0 7 0 10

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

Bruce (calf) is in the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.

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Bruce (heel) is hoping he can serve as designated hitter Sunday after being removed from Saturday's game, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

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Bruce was removed from Saturday's game against the Indians with left heel discomfort, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

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Bruce went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Angels.

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Bruce went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and one walk Thursday against Detroit in Cleveland's record-breaking 21st consecutive victory.

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Bruce (neck) is back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Baltimore.

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Bruce (neck) is not in the lineup against the White Sox on Thursday.

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Bruce was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the White Sox with a stiff neck, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

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Bruce (neck) is in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Bruce (neck) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

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 aggressively against him. His power mostly returned in 2015, as he raised his ISO back over .200 by slugging 26 homers. As the Reds continue their fire sale, Bruce is a good candidate to get dealt, but he might not get hurt as badly as former teammate Todd Frazier by the change in location. He's hit 39 homers at home over the last three years, and 35 away from the cozy confines of Great American Ballpark. Bruce is due $12.5 million in 2016 with a $13 million team option for 2017.

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.