I missed the recent community projection of Jay Bruce over at John Sickels’ site. Very interesting stuff, but John has a good question:

I might get flayed for this but I think all these are optimistic. My numbers were .261/.307/.419, with the league catching up with some of his weaknesses. Then he adjusts and breaks out huge in 2010.

What do you guys think? Am I right that people are expecting too much out of Bruce for 2009?

What do you think? I’d say that, if Reds fans are expecting too much of Bruce, it’s because we desperately need him to have a big year if the Reds are going to score any runs. With only three of the starting eight projected to be above-average hitters in 2009, a productive Bruce is simply a necessity.