Corey Patterson Keeping Jay Bruce in Louisville

Jamison MoodyContributor IApril 10, 2008

As Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Corey Patterson continues to play some of the club’s best baseball, Reds fans shouldn't expect Jay Bruce to see major league action anytime soon. 

Through the club's first nine games, Patterson has emerged as the Reds’ leader in home runs, RBI, and is batting .323, not to mention great defensive play by the nine-year veteran. 

Though his career numbers would not typically be suitable for a leadoff hitter, Patterson has taken full advantage of the opportunity to continue his career in Cincinnati. 

The Reds have been more than satisfied with his play, as he came in to today's game with the Milwaukee Brewers with four doubles and four home runs, leading to a .722 slugging percentage. 

The Reds still have Norris Hopper and Ryan Freel waiting in the wings to play behind Patterson, and with Dunn and Griffey locking the corner outfield positions, Jay Bruce just might have to wait one more year before seeing any action at GABP.

That is, unless Patterson would find himself in a deep slump, or an injury would plague Dunn or Griffey.  Then the long-awaited debut of Jay Bruce would be just a phone call away.

Bruce, playing for the Reds' farm affiliate class AAA Louisville Bats, needs to simply take care of business where he is now. 

Last year's Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, Sporting News, and the Reds' organization, has gotten off to a slow start, batting .250 with one home run and 9 strikeouts through April 9.