All aboard:

What was to be a brief Triple-A sojourn for Jay Bruce has turned into an extended stay with the Reds’ top affiliate.

Rick Sweet, manager of the Louisville Bats, is not complaining at all.

“My venture would be, for right now, he’ll stay here,” Sweet said Tuesday. “He’s a good enough baseball player, a good enough athlete; he will play to whatever level he’s at. He’s that good.”

The Reds’ top pick in the 2005 draft rates as one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball – Baseball America ranked him second overall on its midseason top 25 prospects list – but few could have anticipated the outfielder’s swift rise through the Reds’ farm system this year.

Louisville represents Bruce’s third stop this season after starting at Single-A Sarasota.

“It definitely has been a whirlwind,” Bruce, 20, said. “That’s the perfect word to describe it. But in a good way.”

I’ll say it again: I absolutely cannot wait to see this guy playing in Cincinnati. What a talent.