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Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: JAY BRUCE OUTFIELDER NEW YORK METS

For the fifth time in the last seven seasons, power-hitting New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce surpassed the 30-home run mark in 2017 with a career-best 36.  In a year where Bruce spent time both with the Mets and Cleveland Indians (heading to the latter in a summer trade), he fully reaffirmed his power-centric approach by collecting 101 RBI and also scoring 82 runs.  Three category production has been the hallmark of Bruce's career and that won't change no matter after re-signing with the Mets on Wednesday.  Still in his prime as he turns 31 in April, Bruce once again struggled in the average department last season with a .254 mark and for his career is now at a shoddy .249.  With the speed having left the station completely (1 total steal the last three years combined), Bruce is a effective but limited overall player who fits squarely into the lower-tier OF 2 range.  While you would assume Bruce's terrific power should be graded out higher, the explosion of homers all-around baseball in 2017 has knocked down the value of those whose biggest skill comes with the long ball.

2018 PROJECTION:  .257 32 HR 103 RBI 77 R 1 SB
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