Career stats: .258/.329/.483, 159 HR, 151 2B, 16 3B, 458 RBI
Postseason stats: 8 G, .259/.375/.556, 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 K/4 BB
Accolades: 2x NL All-Star (2011, 2012), Silver Slugger (2012), 10th in NL MVP (2012), 5th in NL Rookie of the Year (2008)
Jay Bruce. There have already been so many brilliant moments in his six-year career, and yet many people believe that he will grow into an even better player.
In 2010, he hit arguably the biggest home run the team has had in the last 20 years when he clinched the NL Central with a walk-off homer. He also hit the game-winning home run when the team clinched the division in 2012.
Bruce is the only player in Major League history to hit at least 20 home runs as a rookie and increase his total over each of the next four seasons. The 26-year-old is unlikely to add to that streak this year, but he has still hit 25 homers with one month remaining.
His biggest issue entering the season was consistency. He has finally cut the 0-for-19 streaks out and has seen his average rise.
The left-handed-hitting Bruce has also gone to the opposite field more this season. He is only one double away from his career-high of 35 that he set last year.
The right fielder hasn't won a Gold Glove yet, but he has put himself in position to finally win one this year. He should have a few by the time his career is done. He gets great jumps on the ball and prevents runners from taking extra bases with his great arm.
He is on pace to hit over 500 home runs, especially if he stays at Great American Ball Park for the rest of his career. With his defense, that may be the magic number to get him in.
His batting average could be used against him, but he should continue to bring it up each season as he grows as a hitter.
Bruce still has work to do to bring up his average, but the early part of his career has him on pace to make the ballot.
Chances: Still young, but on his way