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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ruf ready to step to the plate for the Phils

Ruf records: Where the red ,white and blues cross over.

Darin Ruf received the Jim Bauman Trophy for leading the minor leagues in home runs in a ceremony held at the hotel. Ruf hit 38 home runs at Double A Reading in 2012.

If you add the one he hit in the Eastern League playoffs, the three he hit with the Phillies in September, and the 10 he hit in the Venezuelan Winter League, Ruf hit an eye-popping 52 home runs in 2012.

He is expected to compete for a major league job in Clearwater in 2 months.

“I’ve kind of always had the mind-set of they’ll give me an opportunity to show what I can do in spring training,” Ruf said. “I need to take advantage of it. I don’t think it really matters who they sign, what they do, if I can show that I can help the team in some way.”

...The 26-year-old Ruf, who began making the transition from first base to leftfield last summer, hit .317 with a .408 on-base percentage and 1.028 OPS in 139 games at Double A last season.

“He’s kind of jumped onto the scene,” Amaro said. “But he has an element in his game that doesn’t come around very often, and that’s power. It’s not just because he hit 20 home runs in a month. He had productive at-bats and continued to improve throughout the year. That’s a good sign. He hit well in a league with good pitching.”

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2012 at 09:13 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4316262)
S(uper)SSS, but he looked good in September. He seems to have a very good idea of what he is doing at the plate and lordy, that ball JUMPS off his bat. I'm excited to see what happens with the understanding that the odds of Darin Ruf kicking butt are pretty small.
   2. eddieot Posted: December 04, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4316282)
His first major league hit was memorable: <a>http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25082891&c_id=mlb<a>
   3. eddieot Posted: December 04, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4316283)
Damn. Can't fix the link. Sorry.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2012 at 10:02 AM (#4316302)
eddieot, thanks. Note that the next AB kept with the 2012 meme, a JRoll pop-up.
   5. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: December 04, 2012 at 10:14 AM (#4316315)
Darin Ruf is too good of a name not to be a superstar, or at least a great TTO slugger. Please?
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 04, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4316359)
I like the idea of Darin Ruf having the career Domonic Brown was supposed to have. Well, without the centerfielding.

Also his fellow Nebraskan late-round pick out of college Tyler Cloyd being a longtime rotation anchor.
   7. zempf Posted: December 04, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4316362)
Ruf didn't even look too awful in the field from what I saw after his callup. He's not going to win any Gold Gloves out in left, but he had a nice arm & didn't do anything stupid.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2012 at 11:17 AM (#4316423)
zempf, not sure about the "nice arm" but the ball did at least go straight. :) He didn't look as bad as I feared.

Since I've watched Covington, the Bull, Lonnie Smith, Inky, Pat the Bat and Raauuuull out there, I do not fear the Ruf.
   9. zempf Posted: December 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM (#4316478)
Come to think of it, it is entirely possible that my perception of his arm being good was thrown off by the fact that he was replacing Juan "Noodle" Pierre out there.
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4316555)
#9 gets a Facebooky Like thingy.
   11. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: December 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4316588)
Since I've watched Covington, the Bull, Lonnie Smith, Inky, Pat the Bat and Raauuuull out there, I do not fear the Ruf.


Let us not fail to mention Gregg Jefferies.
   12. JRVJ Posted: December 04, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4316599)
Suffice it to say that if Ruf is an above average hitter, the Phils would have some cheap roster flexibility which they have missed the last few years
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4316649)
Let us not fail to mention Gregg Jefferies.

Missing most of the GJLF Experience is the one good thing about living in KC from 1996-2000. (Sorry, AG#1F, couldn't resist)
   14. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: December 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4317222)
If he gets dealt to the Yanks, will the headline read RUF TRADE!?

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