September 02, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Bruce hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce Featured Tonight on MLBN's 'Top 10 Right Now: Right Fielders'

Trey Deuce. The “Beaumont Bomber”. Just a couple of nicknames associated with Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. This evening, Bruce will be featured, and I think you’re going to like the direction this is heading.

Beginning at 10 PM ET, MLB Network will air “Top 10 Right Now: Right Fielders”. (I think you get the idea where this might be heading.) If you have watched Clubhouse Confidential on MLBN, you are aware of an installment they call “The Shredder”. “The Shredder” utilizes statistical analysis in order to measure a player’s performance, and such was used to determine Bruce’s standing among of all MLB’s right fielders.

Author Bill James (might know James from his Bill James Handbook, and that’s just for starters) and MLBN analyst Eric Byrnes will chime in with their personal lists and views. This program is in a series which airs on Fridays as MLBN is releasing their “Top 10 Right Now” with the top 10 at each position. Each week, two new positions will be covered. These “Top 10 Right Now” lists lead up to the “Top 100 Right Now” which set to air on February 15.

At 9 PM ET, MLBN will air “Top 10 Right Now: Left Fielders”. If you miss either or both. MLBN will re-air them in the early morning hours at 1 AM ET (left fielders) and 2 AM ET (right fielders).

Call this a DVR alert if you must.

Where will Bruce rank in the “Top 10 Right Now: Right Fielders”? Where do you think Bruce ranks among all MLB right fielders? Let us know with your comments.

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  • metalhead65

    I go by how he plays not some stupid invented saber metric garbage. and while he is inconsistent at times he is 1 of the top 5 in the game,especially in April,May and August and September. I would not trade him for anybody else.

    • Steve O’Red

      June and July do tend to bite him a bit.

      I don’t have an issue using stats provided they are used within their proper context. I don’t subscribe to the “end all, be all” stance some take.

  • Josh Bresser

    I wouldn’t put Bruce in the top 10 Right Fielders right now. I was pretty surprised that both Byrnes and Shredder had him in the top 10 (with Bill James having him at FOUR.)

    His average and OBP, as we know, are mediocre. His good power numbers could make up for this, true. However, his home/road splits are a bit worrying. Last year, he had an incredible OPS of .963 at home, while his away OPS was a pedestrian .718. He also had 21 homers at home vs. 13 on the road (280 ABs each.) This trend is true for his entire career.

    What I’m getting at is that Bruce has to be viewed as a product of Great American Ballpark, there’s no way around it. Compare him to Stanton, who hit in an extremely pitcher-friendly park. His OPS was .963 at home/.977 away. Imagine the numbers he would put up in GABP. Not to mention he also hit .290, and the fact that he’s only 23. Bill James having him behind Jay Bruce is just absurd.

    Bruce’s 2.4 fWAR lists him as the 16th most valuable right fielder in the league (with baseball reference being much more unkind with a 1.4 WAR.) That’s about where I would put him, and until he A) Develops some power on the road and B) Gets his average up C) Improves his outfield defense (minus arm), I don’t think there’s much of an argument for him to be in the top ten.