Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, September 28, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 27
Despite posting solid numbers in the big leagues whenever he’s been given the chance, outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf‘s future with the Phillies isn’t very clear.
The 27-year-old slugger entered action on Friday sporting a .254 batting average with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 71 games in the majors this year.
Ruf has continued to put in plenty of work after mashing 41 homers last year, including a team record 38 with Double-A Reading and an additional three in the major leagues after a September call up. He began this year at the Triple-A level, which gave the Creighton University product a chance to work on his defense in the outfield.
Even after proving he can be a productive offensive contributor and showing his defensive versatility, Ruf’s spot in the Phils’ lineup may not be locked in for next season. The rookie feels like his best approach is to continue playing as though he’s fighting for a job and looks forward to a chance to continue donning red pinstripes in the future and helping the Phillies win.
“I don’t think you ever want to think your spot in the majors is solidified because there’s a lot of things that can go wrong,” Ruf said on the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast. ” Injuries, things like that and, obviously, you have to prepare to perform well every single day too and that’s not a guarantee as well, but, you know, I just hope for the opportunity to come into spring training next year to fight for a position and, you know, definitely prepare as though that’s going to happen. Hopefully, I’ll be a part of the plans for next year and, hopefully, next year we can turn this thing around a little bit.” Continue reading Ruf Playing as Though His Job is on the Line