Cincinnati, OH (FOX19) - 25 year old Reds outfielder Jay Bruce can add a Silver Slugger award to his baseball resume. On Thursday Bruce became the first Reds outfielder since Eric Davis in 1989 to be honored as the top offensive player at his position.
Bruce hit .252 with 35 doubles, 34 HR and 99 RBI helping lead the Reds to 97 wins.
Bruce said the award is a great honor but he feels he only "got marginally better" offensively in 2012.
Bruce is the first player in Major League history to hit at least 20 home runs as a rookie and then increase that total in each of his next 4 seasons (21 in 2008, 22 in 2009, 25 in 2010, 32 in 2011, 34 in 2012). Through last season, he leads all active players under age 26 in both HR (134) and RBI (376).
Bruce was the Reds only Silver Slugger winner. Second baseman Brandon Phillips won the award in 2011.
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