Two of the most highly touted Reds to come out of the organizations farm system over the past decade are Adam Dunn and Jay Bruce. Both played sparingly a year before there first full season and I thought it would be interesting to compare there numbers to this point in there second year in the bigs(see below):
Adam Dunn Stats in first full season through May:
2002: .306 AVG, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 32 R, .460 OBP, 49 BB, 56 K
Jay Bruce Stats in first full season through May:
2009: .220 AVG, 14 HR, 30 RBI, 29 R, .296 OBP, 18 BB, 45 K
Granted Bruce is much better in the field (seven outfield assists and only one error) his offensive numbers have fared far worse in comparison. The big thing that stands out to me is Bruce’s OBP. His numbers so far this year look worse than Dunn’s because his K’s are high, like Dunn, but he fails to draw walks and his average is way down. Bruce will come around but we wanted to get rid of Dunn because he struck out way to much and had a low average throughout his career. You don’t think people will be calling for Bruce’s head if he keeps this up?
So far this year Dunn is batting .269 with 16 HR’s and 42 RBI’s for the worst team in baseball, the Natinals. He’s putting up these numbers with no supporting cast around him as well. Oh, and the Reds have a platoon of Nix, Gomes, and Dickerson in left field, I’d much rather have that.....