SleepersApril 24, 2008


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Sleeper Watch

By Steve Smith

Do not settle in just yet, for this is the calm before the storm. This force is Jay Bruce, and he may be in the lineup in the near future. This 21-year-old super-prospect has the ability to outshine the likes of his fellow young Reds teammates Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, and Edinson Volquez.

So far for the season through 66 at-bats for Louisville, he was hitting .333 with 3 home runs, 12 runs batted in, and 4 stolen bases without a single caught stealing. To add interest, since 2005, he has 54 minor league homers and a healthy .301 average through 320 games. His Triple-A stats can point out an even better impression, as he has hit 14 home runs with 37 runs batted in, and 79 hits in 253 at-bats (.312). Once inserted in a pretty impressive Reds’ lineup, he should get his fair share of runs scored. What is equally impressive is his defense, which could land him in the Red’s outfield for good.

This year, I’ve been impressed with Dusty Baker in letting his young arms and bats perform. With Patterson’s recent struggles, it will only be a matter of time before Bruce is called upon. My question is how good can this guy really be and how many bags can he swipe if given the green light? Tune in to the end of the season to find out, but I would definitely grab him soon before it’s too late. This guy is surely in most free agent bins, but not for long.

 
Steve has been a Cafe member since 2004 and a regular fantasy league player since 1999. He specializes in football and baseball. He is a Jr. High teacher that uses fantasy sports in lessons periodically. Catch up with Steve in the Cafe forums where he posts as redwings122.
 
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