Slow-starting Jay Bruce still a solid option 

April, 11, 2011
Cincinnati Reds slugger Jay Bruce has gotten off to a slow start; he's hitting .235 with no homers, one walk and 14 strikeouts through his first eight contests. But he's going to be just fine. In fact, he was still showing off that solid left-handed hitting stroke when I watched him over the weekend.

After breaking into the majors in 2008 at age 21, Bruce, who turned 24 a week ago, had a mini-breakout last season that rightfully has people expecting big things from him this year. That mini-breakout was driven by a strong finish to the season; he put up a .338 AVG/.418 OBP/.699 SLG stat line in the final two months of 2010. Bruce fractured his right wrist in July 2009, and it might have still been an issue over the first half of '10, at least as far as his power was concerned. But he obviously rebounded nicely and put to rest any concerns regarding the injury moving forward.