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Bruce was a first round pick of the Reds in 2005.
He’s a five tool talent that finally broke into the lineup in 2008.
He managed to power his way to 21 home runs and 52 RBI in only 413 at bats. His stat line of .254/.314/.453 should improve.
I am convinced he will be much better than that with a year of MLB hitting under his belt. Since class A ball Bruce has never batted less than .300 until last year.
In Dayton and Sarasota his combined line was .303/.364/.542
In Chattanooga he hit .333/.405/.562
In Louisville he batted .334/.375/.598
Based on his Triple-A minor league numbers Bruce projects out closer to .290/.328/.499 with 17 HR and 50 RBI. I think that Bruce will realize his .290 average this year, and considering those numbers are based on 377 major league at bats and Bruce has 4,123 last year, I think it’s safe to say he’ll improve on his power numbers this year with probably close to 500 at bats he could knock 25 or more out of the yard.