Wayne Krivsky paid a visit to Triple-A Louisville last week, where the Reds general manager informed 20-year-old outfielder Jay Bruce he would not be making the trip to Cincinnati when rosters expanded over the weekend.
Bruce, who jumped from high Class A Sarasota, spent just 16 games in Double-A Chattanooga and has held his own in the International League, put up arguably the best numbers in the minor leagues in 2007. Including the three stops, the 2005 first-rounder batted .320/.376/.591 with 26 homers and 89 RBIs in 518 at-bats.
With one game left on the schedule, Bruce led the minor leagues in extra base hits (80), ranked seventh in hits (166), fourth in doubles (46), second in total bases (106), and sixth in slugging percentage.
Bruce wonâ€™t get his first taste of the big leagues this season, but he is equally thrilled to be a part of Team USA club that will participate in the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan Nov. 6-18.
â€œEverybody wants to make it to the big leaguesâ€”of course thatâ€™s your ultimate goal,â€ Bruce said. â€œBut having the chance to represent my country . . . not a lot of guys get the chance to do that. My goal this season was to move to Double-A, so being able to spend most of the second half in Triple-A has been awesome. Iâ€™ve learned a lot that I think will prepare me better for when they decide to bring me up.â€
So while Bruce is the odd man out of September callups, plenty of clubs made moves this weekend when rosters expanded.
Hereâ€™s a quick breakdown:
Recalled pitchers Dana Eveland and Jailen Peguero and infielder/outfielder Robbie Hammock from Triple-A Tucson and infielder Emilio Bonifacio Double-A Mobile; purchased the contract of pitcher Bill Murphy from Tucson.
Recalled pitcher Garrett Olson from Rookie-level Bluefield.
Recalled pitcher Jon Lester from Double-A Portland; recalled pitchers Clay Buchholz and Craig Breslow and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Brandon Moss from Triple-A Pawtucket; purchased the contracts of pitcher Bryan Corey and infielder Royce Clayton from Pawtucket.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Purchased the contract of catcher Donny Lucy from Triple-A Charlotte.
Recalled pitcher Logan Kensing from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Recalled pitcher Neal Musser from Triple-A Omaha.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Recalled third baseman Andy LaRoche from Triple-A Las Vegas; recalled pitcher D.J. Houlton from Las Vegas; purchased the contracts of catcher Chad Moeller, pitcher Jonathan Meloan and infielder Chin-Lung Hu from Las Vegas.
Recalled infielder/outfielder Vinny Rottino and pitcher Carlos Villanueva from Triple-A Nashville; purchased the contracts of pitchers Chris Spurling and Mitch Stetter from Nashville and outfielder Mel Stocker from Double-A Huntsville.
Recalled infielder Luis Rodriguez from Triple-A Rochester.
Recalled pitcher Dallas Braden from Triple-A Sacramento.
Recalled outfielder Chris Roberson from Triple-A Ottawa.
Purchased the contracts of infielder Brian Myrow and outfielder Brady Clark from Triple-A Portland.
Recalled pitcher Ryan Feierabend and outfielder Mike Morse from Triple-A Tacoma; purchased the contracts of outfielder Charlton Jimerson and catcher Rob Johnson from Tacoma; recalled pitcher John Parrish from Tacoma.
Recalled pitcher Edinson Volquez from Triple-A Oklahoma.
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