Posts Tagged ‘Louisville Bats’

Jay Bruce on Video

OMDQ and I have been talking a lot about Jay Bruce recently, because he has been anointed as the best Bus Leaguer around by a couple of influential publications. I thought I’d hit YouTube and find the Zapruder film on the guy before he blows up in Cincy next year.

First, here he is a couple of years ago in Dayton A ball. I admit I used this video just so you could get a look at the funky black wall in center, and the dragon-infested scoreboard.

And this one from the current season, in which he whacks a home run at AAA Louisville

What strikes me about the second video is the almost stiff upright posture of Bruce’s stance, which doesn’t appear to be very powerful until he flicks his wrists and begins to trot around the bases. Wow.

For more about Jay Bruce and the other top prospects for 2008, check out this top 25 list from our amigo Matthew Whipps at The Diamond Cutter.

From Minor to Major

On my other blog I have been tracking rookie hitters all season long, and I finally got a chance to do my statistical analysis. Since most of these guys spent at least part of this season in the minors, it’s fair game.

NAME TEAM G AB R HITS 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG SLG
R. Braun MIL 113 451 91 146 26 6 34 97 15 29 112 .324 .634
A. Gordon KC 151 543 60 134 36 4 15 60 14 41 137 .247 .411
J. Hamilton CIN 90 298 52 87 17 2 19 47 3 33 65 .292 .554
A. Iwamura TB 123 491 82 140 21 10 7 34 12 58 114 .285 .411
K. Kouzmanoff SD 145 484 57 133 30 2 18 74 1 32 94 .275 .457
D. Pedroia BOS 139 520 86 165 39 1 8 50 7 47 42 .317 .442
H. Pence HOU 108 456 57 147 30 9 17 69 11 26 95 .322 .539
T. Tulowitzki COL 155 609 104 177 33 5 24 99 7 57 130 .291 .479
C.B. Young AZ 148 569 85 135 29 3 32 68 27 43 141 .237 .467
D. Young TB 162 645 65 186 38 0 13 93 10 26 127 .288 .408
R. Willits LAA 136 430 74 126 20 1 0 34 27 69 83 .293 .344

Those who spent time in the minors in 2007 are:

Ryan J. Braun – 34 games with the Nashville Sounds
Josh Hamilton – 11 games with the Louisville Bats
Hunter Pence – 25 games with the Round Rock Express

Those just happen to be three of the top hitters in the National League.

The rest were in AAA last year, so the memory is still fresh for player and fan alike. Good luck to these stellar players!