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Phillies Player Review: Darin Ruf

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, November 04, 2012 08:14 AM | Comments: 8
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Ruf was amazing in '12. (AP)

Babe Ruf. Ruf Ryder. So many nicknames in so little time.

Darin Ruf slugged his way onto the scene about midway through the 2012 season with the Reading Phillies; it wasn’t as though Ruf was some highly-touted prospect everyone knew about. Really, he was an afterthought at 26 years old; a guy who was just kind of there. That all changed.

In August, Ruf slugged 20 home runs for Reading, which actually equals the Major League record set by Sammy Sosa in 1998. Overall, Ruf pounded 38 homers over 584 plate appearances, a Phillies minor league record once held by Ryan Howard. After all was said and done with August, Ruf had knocked in 35 runs, scored 29, slugged the 20 homers, and slugged at a .974 clip. Quite a month.

And better late than never for Ruf. And if you recall, Ryan Howard was blocked at one time, not playing full time in the majors until he was 25.

In September, Ruf was called up to the majors as the Phillies were making a final push for the second wild card spot, one they would fall short of reaching. It took some time for Charlie Manuel to get Ruf into the lineup, but once he did, he couldn’t keep him out. On September 25, his first major league hit was, you guessed it, a home run against the Nationals.

You’ll remember the largest post-home-run snub in major league history that everyone in the dugout was a part of, including the bat boy. Players only do that with guys they like, and in 2012, everyone enjoyed Darin Ruf.

Overall with the big club, Ruf finished with 11 hits in 33 at-bats, including three home runs and 10 RBI.

After the season, Ruf was named the Paul Owens Award winner for the best minor league player in the Phillies system. It was much deserved.

Even with all the exciting moments during 2012, there are still questions with Ruf’s game. Can he play a suitable enough left field to be an everyday player? Can he hit at this level for a long period of time? It remains to be seen if the Phillies will give him the opportunity to start. But for 2012, it was one hell of a ride for Ruf.

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  • Posts: 0 JMills

    Congrats to Ruf who now has 50 home runs for the year (38 at Reading, 3 for the Phils, 9 in winter ball). Pat, what do you think of the Phillies going for both Upton brothers? Trade Brown to Arizona plus others for Justin, sign BJ for 5 yr. 70 mil. and play Ruf in left with Nate S. and Mayberry as your back ups.

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Can’t have both brothers. And I’m not a huge fan of BJ. He’s another Victorino, and much more expensive, but with a little more power. Just not a fan of his at the price he’s asking. Justin would be a catch but they’d have to part with a ton. Maybe toss a few pitching prospects at the D-Backs.

       
      • Posts: 0 hk

        What price is Upton asking?

         
  • Posts: 0 Jaron B

    AA Grade: A/A+; MLB grade: A/A- but not a lot of data in the majors. Given his age and if he does well in the outfield between now and the middle of Spring training, he makes the opening day roster.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    JMills should replace Amaro. I like his idea of going after the Upton brothers. Great stuff

     
  • Posts: 0 davehist

    Gotta go with Darin Ruf in 2013. He showed the Phillies what he could do, and his left-field play looked adequate. We need that right-handed power, and old Ruffie’s got it.

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    What is life without hope?
    We all hope that Ruf is the real deal – I liken him to a mini-bull, especially when I saw him running the base paths and he has no neck
    Imagine next season with ammo like this, a fully loaded Ruf and a fully recovered Howard. Watch out NL.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I have no idea, Brooks, because my dates have all had names like Carol or Sandy or Christine.

    Is Hope good in the sack?

     
 
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