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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: 8 | Salary: $7,541,667 | Owned/Started%: 92/69 | Average Draft Position: 136.61
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Reds RF Jay Bruce turning things on at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce started the season in a bit of a slump, but has turned things around rather quickly. The veteran has bumped his average from .162 to .224 in the last two weeks, including five multi-hit games in his last eight.

"He's been terrific," Reds manager Bryan Price said to MLB.com. "He's stayed the course. He's looking for the right pitch to hit early in the count, and he's battling with two strikes. That's a great approach for anybody, and not easy to do. It's exciting to watch because he's a huge part of our offense."


Reds move Votto, Frazier, Bruce up in order Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) The Reds have shifted the heart of their order up, with first baseman Joey Votto batting second, third baseman Todd Frazier batting third and right fielder Jay Bruce batting fourth on Monday against the Rockies.

The Reds have tried a multitude of options in the No. 2 spot after moving Votto out of it on April 26, but they'll go with Votto, Frazier and Bruce in the second, third and fourth positions for just the second time this season, with former cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips batting leadoff.

The Reds are favorites (-140) against the Rockies on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Jay Bruce homers in second straight game Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-8 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

It was the second home run in as many days for Bruce, who went 2 for 4 with a solo homer on Saturday. He picked up his first RBI on a bases loaded single in the third inning then added a solo home run in the seventh to cut his team's deficit to one run.

"Honestly, I haven't felt bad all year. I felt super normal," Bruce said to MLB.com. "I've felt healthy. I've felt strong. It's just missing. I'm going to keep working and keep doing everything I've been doing all year and continue to try and get everything I can get."

Bruce has hit .190/.290/.397 with seven home runs, 19 RBI and three stolen bases in 126 at-bats.

"There is no doubt that confidence is fed by success. That's a no-brainer," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "To have a three-hit day with a homer and smoke that ball off the wall -- those are big things for him, for anybody. Hopefully it continues to spur him offensively. That would be a big piece for us, especially hitting seventh."


Reds RF Jay Bruce belts sixth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 2 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 11-2 loss to the  Giants on Saturday.

Bruce connected with the first pitch he saw from Ryan Vogelsong and ripped it over the right field wall for a solo home run, his six th of the season. 

Bruce is now hitting .174 with 17 RBI in 121 at-bats this season.


Reds' Jay Bruce gets an off day vs. Madison Bumgarner, Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was held out of the starting lineup against left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Giants on Friday, per the team's official website. Kris Negron will bat eighth and play in right field in Bruce's absence.

"I've got to find my days for the other guys," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "I'm hoping to get [Brennan] Boesch in this series and give him a start. I have to pick my times for these guys. Sometimes if it's a tougher match-up, I will do that. It's nothing to read into anything other than a day off [for Bruce] against a tough lefty."

Bruce has shown some power, but is off to a slow start at the plate this season. He is hitting .162 (19 for 117) with a double, two triples, five homers and 16 RBI in 34 games. He is a .206 hitter this season against left-handed pitching.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+125) at home against the Giants, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Jay Bruce still looking for first May home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is just 4 for 30 in May and has yet to hit his first home run this month.

Bruce has managed just a .185 batting average on balls in play en route to posting a .167/.283/.363 line with five home runs and 17 RBI in 102 at-bats. The Reds do have a pair of home series scheduled this week, which could lead to an uptick in Bruce's numbers, as he has hit .212/.386/.576 in 33 at-bats at the Great American Ballpark.


Jay Bruce hits two triples in Reds' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce hit two triples in Saturday's win over Atlanta. Bruce became the first Reds player to triple twice in one game since Dmitri Young, on September 28, 2000. 

Bruce went 2 for 4, improving his average to .190, and his two triples broke an 0-for-7 slump during the series.

"I would say the last week, the results haven't really matched how I felt in the at-bats," Bruce said after the game, per MLB.com. "I've felt awesome the last seven, eight days. You just have to keep rolling. You just have to keep throwing quality at-bats out there and stick to what makes you successful and not miss pitches you get."

He scored once and drove in two runs, giving him 15 RBI on the year. 


Reds' Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce each homer during Wednesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier and right fielder Jay Bruce each connected on solo home runs Wednesday, but it was not enough as the Reds fell 8-3 to the Brewers.

Frazier connected off Matt Garza in the first inning for his sixth home run of the season. The home run was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. He is now hitting .240 on the season.

Meanwhile, Bruce hit his solo shot off Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth for his fifth home run of the season. The home run was his lone hit in three at-bats. He also walked once and is now batting .188.


Reds right fielder Jay Bruce cracks fourth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 1 at the plate in Cincinnati's 9-6 win over the Brewers Monday. Bruce, who drew three walks in the game, did his damage in the second inning when he took a 1-2 pitch from Jimmy Nelson over the right field wall for a two-run shot, his fourth of the season.

"It all boils down to the pitches you swing at," Bruce said. "I figured I wasn't going to hit .160 all year."

Bruce is now hitting .175 with 12 RBI in 63 at-bats this season.

"It's nice for Jay to have such good at-bats," manager Bryan Price said after the game, per MLB.com. "He took some tough pitches too. He had the big sacrifice fly for the third RBI and just looked very comfortable at the plate, not expanding early and making those guys earn it by throwing the ball over the plate."


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip), Jay Bruce out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco and right fielder Jay Bruce are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

Mesoraco has seen just two plate appearances as a pinch-hitter in the last two weeks as he continues to deal with left hip impingement. Brayan Pena gets the call behind the plate and will bat eighth.

"Unless we get into a situation where we feel we need a player that can do more than solely pinch-hit, he'll continue to do his rehab in preparation to get back behind the plate," manager Bryan Price said Sunday, per MLB.com. "It will still be a few more days before we kick the tires on Devin getting down into the crouch and doing some catching work. At this point in time, he can still contribute as an offensive player. In the big picture, he replaced Chris Dominguez, and Chris was getting some limited opportunities to play as a pinch-hitter, but it can be a very valuable role."

Bruce has started each of the team's first 17 games in right field but will get his first break of the season Sunday. With Bruce on the bench, first baseman Joey Votto is the only player on the team to have started every gamethis season. Brennan Boesch will man right field and bat fifth in the team's matchup against righty Jake Arrieta.

The Reds are home underdogs (+105) Sunday.


Reds OF Jay Bruce launches fourth career grand slam HR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce launched his fourth career grand slam in Tuesday's 16-10 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Bruce was one of three players to hit a grand slam on the night, two of them came from Cincinnati. It marked the fourth time in Major League Baseball history that three grand slams were hit in one game.

Bruce took starter Mike Fiers deep with the bases loaded in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, a home run and four RBI. He is hitting .200/.310/.400 on the year.


Reds OF Jay Bruce off to good start against lefties in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce enters play Monday against the Brewers batting .190 (8 for 42) through 12 games. Surprisingly, however, the left-handed slugger is struggling more against right-handed pitching than left-handed pitching in 2015.

Bruce, who is a career .227 hitter against lefties, is batting .286 (4 for 14) with one double, one home run and three RBI against lefties.

Bruce, who has a career .267 average and .481 slugging percentage against righties, is batting .143 (4 for 28) with one home run, two RBI and a .250 slugging percentage against righties.


Reds right fielder Jay Bruce knocks second homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals Sunday in 11 innings. Bruce got things going early, leading off the second inning with a solo shot on a 3-1 pitch from Carlos Martinez. 

Bruce then walked in his next two at-bats before adding two strikeouts in the contest. He is now hitting .200 with two RBI in 20 at-bats this season.


Reds right fielder Jay Bruce rips solo home run Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 2  with a solo home run in Cincinnati's 5-2 win over the Pirates Monday. With the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, Bruce ripped the 1-2 pitch to right field for the solo shot.

Bruce also walked and struck out in the contest.


Reds OF Jay Bruce knocks second spring home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 2 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's 10-4 win over the Giants in Cactus League action.

Bruce missed several games last week due to calf issues but was able to return Saturday, though he went 0 for 3 at the plate. He's 5 for 15 with two home runs in seven spring appearances thus far.


Reds hold Jay Bruce out one more game, as precaution


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Jay Bruce won't be in the Reds' lineup on Friday, as originally planned. 

Bruce is recovering from a right calf strain, and the team decided to give him an extra day of rest before returning him to the field. 

Manager Bryan Price said Bruce would be in the lineup on Saturday, according to C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bruce said he felt fine, but the team was just being cautious. 


Reds' Jay Bruce (right calf) could return Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said that right fielder Jay Bruce could return to the lineup on Friday, according to MLB.com. Price missed the previous two games due to a strained right calf. 

"He's got another day and a half to get a little treatment," Price said. "It's along the lines of Brandon [Phillips] and Todd [Frazier], as they probably could have played, but there's no reason at all to put them in the lineup if they're not feeling great this time of year."


Reds OF Jay Bruce scratched Wednesday due to calf injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was scratched from Wednesday's spring game against the Royals due to a strained right calf, per MLB.com. Bruce is batting .400 (4 for 10) with one home run, two doubles and three RBI in five spring games.

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.