What was to be a brief Triple-A sojourn for Jay Bruce has turned into an extended stay with the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ top affiliate.
Rick Sweet, manager of the Louisville Bats, is not complaining at all.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My venture would be, for right now, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stay here,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sweet said Tuesday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good enough baseball player, a good enough athlete; he will play to whatever level heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that good.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ top pick in the 2005 draft rates as one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Baseball America ranked him second overall on its midseason top 25 prospects list Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but few could have anticipated the outfielder’s swift rise through the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ farm system this year.
Louisville represents Bruce’s third stop this season after starting at Single-A Sarasota.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It definitely has been a whirlwind,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bruce, 20, said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the perfect word to describe it. But in a good way.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I’ll say it again: I absolutely cannot wait to see this guy playing in Cincinnati. What a talent.