Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leads the National League in home runs this season with 13. Bruce says don't let that fool you. "I'm not a home run hitter," Bruce said. But Bruce has what scouts call an electric bat – his bat speed is such that if he gets a hold of a pitch, it generally goes out of the park. Bruce has been getting a hold of quite a few lately. He has five home runs in his past seven games before Wednesday. He admits to getting a kick out of seeing his name atop the home run leaderboard. "It's cool to be at the top of the league right now," he said. "But it's early and other guys are hitting plenty of home runs. I don't really worry about hitting home runs. I worry about hitting the ball hard and making the most out of my at-bats." Bruce hit 21, 22 and 25 home runs in his three previous years in the big leagues. Could he see himself leading the league one day? "I have no idea," he said. "I'm going to hit my fair share. But for me, becoming a good hitter is much more important."
Bruce HR leader, but not HR hitter
Cincinnati Enquirer | May 26