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32 Jay Bruce RF
Height/Weight: 6-3/227 | Birthdate: 4/3/1987 | Birthplace: Beaumont, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $7,541,667 | Owned/Started%: 90/71 | Average Draft Position: 144.26
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Reds OF Jay Bruce ready to put rough 2014 season behind him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce doesn't want to answer anymore questions about his left knee after missing two weeks last season following surgery to repair a torn meniscus May 6.

"It's 100 percent," he said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's a non-issue."

Bruce ended up hitting .217 with 18 home runs in 2014 -- both career lows. However, Bruce is not blaming his knee issue for his struggles at the plate.

"I would never ever use it as an excuse," Bruce said. "But I wasn't healthy, and I just didn't play well. At the end of the day, I didn't play well and that's what matters. There's nothing to talk about. You can't say, 'Oh man, I should have done this, I should have done that.' Words mean nothing. It's all action. That's what I have to."

Bruce aims to go out this season and show his 2014 production was just an aberration.

"I think everyone in this room has a lot to prove," Bruce said. "If you've had a great year, you want to do better. If you have a terrible year, you want to do better. I think we've got the right group of guys to go out and take care of business."


Infield shifts have become an issue for players like Reds' Bruce


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not going to use infield shifts as an excuse for his low batting average, but he admits it does play a factor, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"That's definitely taken some hits away from me," Bruce said. "I don't use it as an excuse. But the bottom line is it takes hits away. You smoke a ball up the middle and you think it's a hit. But the shortstop is playing right behind second base.

"It's definitely cut down on average. You look at a player like Mark Teixiera. He was a .300, .280 hitter. You put the shift on him. He's a guy who drives the ball, pull hitter. He uses the other side of the field some. But guys like that are hitting in the .250s."

Bruce added that beating the shift is difficult. 

"Everyone's like, 'Hit a ground ball to shortstop or hit one down the line.' Like you can do whatever you want." he said. "A lot of times, pitchers pitch to the shift. And shifts are getting more sophisticated. In New York, (shortstop Derek) Jeter was playing third, in on the grass. So you can't bunt. Ideally, you want to get a hit. It's hard to do."

Reds hitting coach Don Long said eventually hitters will be taught in the minors to beat the shift.

"Not everybody's going to be the perfect hitter and be able to do everything," he said. "But I think you're going to find guys who want to have the ability to hit to both sides of the field."


Reds' Price indicates OF Jay Bruce is past 2014 knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce missed a few weeks in May last season due to knee surgery. The injury and time off were likely contributors to the 27-year-old outfielder having one of the worst seasons of his career.

Well, according to manager Bryan Price, you probably won't get much out of Bruce if you ask him how is left knee is doing these days

"I think he's prefer not to be asked about his knee," Price said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It was a part of 2014 and will not be a part of 2015."

Bruce hit .217 with 18 home runs, 21 doubles and 66 RBI in 137 games in 2014.


Reds OF Bruce OK with trade talk, but wants to stick around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Reds slugger Jay Bruce has spoken to general manager Walt Jocketty and is OK with the trade rumors that have been swirling around him. But he would prefer to remain in Cincinnati.

"You learn not to be surprised by anything," he told MLB.com. "Also, it's all talk until it's not. That's something you can't think too much about, honestly. Walt and I have spoken, and he just said nothing but great things. I'm very happy to be here and I wnat to be a Cincinnati Red. I don't want to go anywhere. But they have to do their due diligence and I don't blame them for doing that. We're trying to be the best team we can be."

Bruce slumped in 2014 to the tune of a .217/.281/.373 stat line with 18 home runs in 137 games. He also required arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in May, but that cost him only two weeks.


Report: Blue Jays looking at Jay Bruce


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Blue Jays are considering trading for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, according to FoxSports.com.

The team is searching for a left-handed hitter, and Bruce hits the bill. Bruce will make a little over $12 million in both 2015 and 2016. He was a $13 million club option for 2017. 


Report: Reds considering dealing high-priced veterans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Reds are considering lowering their payroll by trading top position players, including slugging outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The team has made no secret of its desire to give up one of its starting pitchers, including premier talents such as Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. But the Reds are also discussing possible swaps involving two-time All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce, major league sources have told Rosenthal.

The Reds have $75.5 million committed in 2015 and could try to vault back into playoff contention behind a healthy Joey Votto and Bruce. But it might not be a viable financial option. They spent $114 million on payroll last year and are projected to be at $120 million next season. Trading Bruce and one starting pitcher would reduce that figure significantly - Bruce alone will be owed $12 million.

One problem with that tactic is that the Reds would be trading an undervalued Bruce coming off a poor season in which he batted .217 with 18 home runs. However, the power-desperate Padres are reportedly inteterested in obtaining Bruce.


Report: Reds have talked about dealing Jay Bruce


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Reds have talked about dealing outfielder Jay Bruce, according to FoxSports.com.

The 27-year-old is a two-time All-Star, but is coming off a poor offensive season. Bruce hit just .217/.281/.373 over 493 at-bats. He missed time during the season due to knee surgery. Bruce is under contract for the next two seasons, and has a club option for 2017. He's expected to be ready for spring training. 


Jay Bruce homers twice, drives in three


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce sandwiched two solo homers around an RBI single in a 7-2 win Sunday over the Cardinals. Bruce, hitting .217, is up to 18 homers and 65 RBI.

Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Jay Bruce takes a seat against lefty


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was out of the lineup for just the second time in 11 games with left-hander Travis Wood on the hill for the Cubs Monday. Yorman Rodriguez started in his place. Wood is the first left-handed starting pitcher the Reds have faced in 14 games.

While Bruce has struggled for virtually all of 2014, he's been especially bad lately, batting .167 (12 for 72) with two home runs in his last 22 games. He has hit .168 with a .582 OPS against lefties this season.


Jay Bruce absent from Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Hitless in six of his last nine games, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been given the night off Saturday against Atlanta.

Bruce has, oddly, managed multiple hits in the other three games with two home runs and seven RBI. He boasts a still-disappointing stat line on the year of .219/.295/.380 with 14 homers in 397 at-bats.


Jay Bruce drives in four


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went deep Monday against the Cardinals. 

Bruce struck in the fifth inning. With two men on, Bruce launched an 87 mph changeup out to right field for a three-run shot. Bruce would go on to double later in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and four RBI. 


Jay Bruce back Thursday following illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was back in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies, after sitting out Wednesday's with an illness. He is batting second and playing in right field in his return. 

Jay Bruce removed from Wednesday lineup with illness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) An illness has forced Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to be scratched from the Wednesday lineup against Boston.

Bruce hopes the absence does not ruin the momentum gained in recent days. He has one hit in each of his last five games and has 12 hits in his last 38 at-bats.


Jay Bruce slugs 12th home run Saturday vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 4-3 loss to the Marlins Saturday.

Bruce evened up the score with a big blast to right field in the bottom of the first inning. It's his third straight game with a hit, though he's only 3 for 13 during that stretch. Bruce has hit .222/.301/.385 with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 351 at-bats.


Jay Bruce homers in three-hit game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-2 victory over the Indians Tuesday.

Bruce drove in a run on an infield single in the fifth inning, then added another with his ninth-inning solo home run. He has put together three straight multihit performances, but Tuesday's home run was his first since hitting homers in three straight games in early July. Bruce has hit .225/.307/.386 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 334 at-bats.


Jay Bruce back, Justin Partch down for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) As expected, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been activated off the bereavement list Friday. He has been out since Monday following the death of his grandfather. Right-hander Curtis Partch has been sent down to Triple-A Louisville to make room.

Jay Bruce scheduled to return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is scheduled to return to the team Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bruce was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday to attend to the death of his grandfather.

Curtis Partch recalled as Jay Bruce goes on personal leave


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Reds announced Tuesday outfielder Jay Bruce was placed on the bereavement list. Reliever Curtis Partch was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take his roster spot.

Jay Bruce still struggling to find offense heading into break


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has hit just .170/.204/.383 in 47 July at-bats heading into the break despite homering in three straight games earlier in the month.

Bruce is in the middle of the worst offensive campaign of his career, hitting just .229/.310/.409 with 10 home runs, 41 RBI and nine stolen bases in 279 at-bats. The outfielder has turned in three-straight 30-homer seasons but figures to fall well short of that number by the time the 2014 season comes to a close.


Jay Bruce extends homer streak to three games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game Tuesday, in a 4-2 win over the Cubs.

Bruce opened the game with a two-run shot in the first inning, his only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4 with two RBI and two strikeouts in the win.

Bruce started off slow, but now has six home runs since the start of June. He is hitting .233/.314/.736 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 73 games. 


Jay Bruce replaces injured Joey Votto at first base


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is out of the Monday lineup against the Cubs. Jay Bruce has been moved to the spot.

Votto could be destined for the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain that has prevented him from playing the last two games. He has been struggling at the plate without a multi-game since June 21. He has just seven hits in his last 40 at-bats.


Jay Bruce ends hitless slump with game-winning HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce collected three RBI, which included a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, during a 4-2 win Sunday against the Brewers. He finished 1 for 4 with two runs.

Bruce's first RBI came on a fielder's choice in the first inning. His last two RBI came on his eighth home run, which was the first home run Milwaukee left-hander Will Smith gave up to a left-handed hitter this season.

Bruce entered play Sunday mired in a 0-for-21 slump in his previous six games. He homered Sunday for the first time in 14 games.


Jay Bruce drives in two with pair of doubles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce continues to find his swing, as he doubled twice in a 4-1 win over the Cubs Wednesday.

Bruce drove in two runs in the game, one with a first-inning double and another in the sixth inning. He finished the game 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to six games.

Bruce is hitting .284 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 15 RBI in the month of June, raising his season line to .230/.324/.408. 


Jay Bruce smacks seventh home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 3 with a walk, a home run and three runs scored in his team's 11-1 rout of the Blue Jays Saturday.

Bruce scored in the first inning on a passed ball then added a solo home run in the third inning. He came home for the third time in the seventh inning on a home run by Devin Mesoraco. After homering in back-to-back games, Bruce owns a .219/.322/.388 line with seven home runs, 25 RBI and eight stolen bases in 196 at-bats.