Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Young Outfielder Signs Through 2016

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the signing of OF Jay Bruce to a 6-year contract through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017.

Bruce and Jocketty will be available today at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park. The press conference will be broadcast live on reds.com.

Following last season, Bruce became eligible for arbitration under Major League Baseball’s “Super 2” guidelines. In 148 games for the Reds in 2010 he hit .281 with 25 HR, 70 RBI and 5 stolen bases. In the dramatic 3-2 win vs the Houston Astros on September 28, his walkoff home run on the first pitch from Tim Byrdak clinched the club’s first National League Central Division title and playoff appearance since 1995.

At age 23, Bruce already has 68 career home runs and 180 RBI over 3 seasons in the majors. According to Elias Sports Bureau, among all active players under the age of 24 he ranks first in HR and second in RBI (Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton has 208 RBI).
“We recognize Jay as one of the exceptional young players who form the foundation of our team,” Jocketty said. “He’s an example of how we are committed to building our organization from within, first by drafting good players and then by holding onto and building around them.”

Added team President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini, “We are very proud of the way Jay handles himself not only on the field but in the community and in front of the media. He represents himself and the organization in the respectful manner consistent with our goals and philosophies.”

The Reds’ first pick (12th overall) of the June 2005 first-year player draft, Bruce was Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2007. The following season he made his Major League debut and finished fourth among rookies in the National League’s Jackie Robinson Award voting and was a TOPPS Major League Rookie All-Star.




Happy Jay Bruce day, oh and Happy birthday to Chris Heisey 🙂

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