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What was to be a brief Triple-A sojourn for Jay Bruce has turned into an extended stay with the Reds’ top affiliate.

Rick Sweet, manager of the Louisville Bats, is not complaining at all.

“My venture would be, for right now, he’ll stay here,” Sweet said Tuesday. “He’s a good enough baseball player, a good enough athlete; he will play to whatever level he’s at. He’s that good.”
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The Reds’ top pick in the 2005 draft rates as one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball – Baseball America ranked him second overall on its midseason top 25 prospects list – but few could have anticipated the outfielder’s swift rise through the Reds’ farm system this year.

Louisville represents Bruce’s third stop this season after starting at Single-A Sarasota.

“It definitely has been a whirlwind,” Bruce, 20, said. “That’s the perfect word to describe it. But in a good way.”

I’ll say it again: I absolutely cannot wait to see this guy playing in Cincinnati. What a talent.

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20 Responses

  1. willy

    when he was in dayton i got tickets to a game.
    and i was like ya i get to see bruce play.
    and then he got hurt and didnt finsih the season.
    so i havnt seen him play in person

  2. preach

    Since it can be declared that this season is a loss, can someone tell me why Conine (who is probably retiring at the end of the season), Santos, and Bellhorn are taking up roster spots and some starting time when we have some real potential players that giving a month or two of big league exposure might do some good. I don’t buy that ‘damaging psyche’ argument for professionals, especially for those who are not starting pitchers. Who cares about starting their clock? Let’s see what we have now so we know what we need to look for in the off season to make this team competitive. Let the kids play.

  3. Jeff Gentil

    …because apparently Krivsky is giving Mackanin a shot to keep the job. If he has the vets around, I guess it helps???? Makes NO sense to me. The Mackanin team is eerily similar to the Narron team. Blow it up and start over…AGAIN!!

  4. Kerm

    It is all so discouraging when I had such high hopes for this team after last season. At least bringing up the young guys would give me some optimism.

  5. ZACH

    JAY BRUCE IS THE NEXT BEST THING IN CINCINNATI. WITH THE TAG TEAM DUO OF JAY BRUCE AND DREW STUBBS, CINCINNATI BASEBALL WILL BE BACK IN CINCINNATI. IM SOO EXCITED! BY THE WAY, IF ANYONE WANTS TO TRY THE NEW UPSCALE EATERY IN CINCINNATI “AKAWEDO” BY MASTER CHEF TERRY MUNCY, IT IS ONE OF THE BEST EUROPEAN CUISINES IN THE MIDWEST! CONGRATS TERRY!!!! IM BACK BABY!!!!!!!

  6. Rob

    Can’t it also be “damaging to the psyche” to not be called up when you’ve repeatedly shown yourself to be more than capable at the highest minor league level? It shows the organization doesn’t have a lot of confidence in you, doesn’t it?

  7. Matt B.

    He may be brought up September 1st, but there really isn’t room for him to play with regularity because of Dunn, Griffey, and Hamilton.

  8. Bill

    Assuming Hamilton is back fairly soon.The Enquirer said today:

    Center fielder Josh Hamilton took 25 swings off a tee Tuesday.

    In the next day or two, Hamilton will hit soft toss. He has been out since July 12 with a strained right wrist.

    Doesn’t sound like he’s days from coming back.

  9. Matt B.

    Well, there was a quote in the DDN from Mackanin saying Hamilton will be able to contribute about a month after his injury, which would be August 12th.

  10. Kerm

    So after Bruce is brought up and Hamilton is healthy where does that leave Freel?

  11. preach

    Trent reports that Santos is supposed to start Saturday. So much for that supposed DFA.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    Santos??!?!??! Man, what a mess.

    Is this an indirect way of reporting that Harang is still having back troubles?

  13. BBB

    Rob—post.#10 response–

    i think you just gavethe perfect description for what is/will be going on with joey votto if he doesnt get a call up soon

  14. preach

    Bruce apparently strikes out more than Donkey does. He will be crucified by the ‘loyal’ fan base. He just better run out to his position and take a header into the tarp roll every once in a while or he will be labled a bad team mate and a clubhouse cancer by the All Star break in his rookie season. Sigh.