Baby Bruce’s Beginning? Basically Barry Bonds

The similarities between Jay Bruce and Barry Bonds are quite frankly, amazing. Jay Bruce’s first four major league seasons in many ways mirror Barry Bonds’ first four major league seasons. Let’s compare…

Bruce & Bonds - First Four Seasons

Rookies at 21
Both Bruce and Bonds made their MLB debut at the age of 21, as highly touted prospects possessing all the “tools.” As 21 year old rookies, both played just over 100 games, seeing less than 500 plate appearances. Neither player posted great numbers, but both Bonds and Bruce were approximately league-average hitters. While Bonds showed more discipline at the plate, acquiring more walks and a higher OBP despite a lower average, Bruce showed more power at the age of 21.

Sophomore Separation