The 2013 season will mark the sixth in the young career of the left-handed slugger. Bruce is coming off a season in which he posted career-highs in homers (34), RBI (99), runs scored (89), doubles (35), and slugging (.514). Those numbers helped propel him to his first career Silver Slugger Award, as well as his second straight trip to the Midsummer Classic, in 2012. This goes without saying, but the expectations remain high for the former first round pick heading into spring.
It's hard to believe Bruce is still only 25 years of age. It seems as though No. 32 has been gracing the Cincinnati outfield for a long time now, and in a way he has. Bruce has been the everyday right fielder for the Reds since debuting as a rookie in 2008. And if his contract holds true, the Texas native will be patrolling the Great American Ball Park grass until at least 2016.
But for now, let's focus on the present. Here are some 2013 statistical projections for Bruce.