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Jay Bruce
Birthdate: 4/3/1987 (29 y, 11 m, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-2/210     Position: OF
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 12, Overall: 12, Team: Cincinnati Reds
Contract: $51M / 6 Years (2011 - 2016) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Bruce (hip) will play right field and bat sixth in the order in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports. (3/22/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Jay Bruce saw an uptick in his power up the middle in 2016, relying less on his pure pull power and knocking 8 home runs over the center field fence and 3 to left field up from 5 and 1 respectively last season. This change is modest, all being considered, but it represents a dramatic departure from his diminished performance in recent years. Prior to his knee injury in 2014, Bruce would regularly drive 35% of his home runs to center and left field, peaking at 47% in 2013. In 2014 he didn’t hit a single home run to left or center after the month of June and this rate dipped to 22%, rebounded to 26% in 2015, and it is now back to 33%. This could be a sign that he has returned to pre-injury form. In 2015 he set a career best in Contact%, which remained roughly constant in 2016 with a slightly reduced strikeout rate (21%). Worryingly, his walk rate dipped to 7.5%, nearly a career low and significantly lower than the 10% we saw from him during his best years. Jay Bruce will have to battle for playing time in the crowded Mets outfield, but he remains a consistent power threat and run producer. (Andrew Perpetua)

The Quick Opinion: For the first time since 2013, Jay Bruce appears to be playing unhindered and at full health. If he is a full time player, he is a lock for 25-30 home runs, but at the moment, with this crowded Mets outfield, he may lose a few at bats to other players.

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