Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Diamond in the Ruf
Anyway, Darin Ruf is currently killing Double-A pitching. Before this season he killed Single-A pitching. And before that season he was killing lower level minor league pitching. Notice the trend? The 20th round selection in the 2009 draft by the Phillies is starting to turn heads. He's never been considered a top prospect, and isn't necessarily young (25 years old), but he's finally getting some long deserved attention.
Last night for the Reading Phillies, Ruf blasted his 28th homerun and knocked in his 81st RBI. He's currently batting .314 with a .997 OPS. Career stats: 4 seasons, 438 G, .304/.893, 243 R, 473 H, 133 DBL, 57 HR, and 260 RBI.
There's a problem though- he plays primarily first base and in Philly that position belongs to Ryan Howard for the next 4+ seasons. Truth be told, Ruf should be promoted to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs for a few weeks to end the season as a trial period to see how he handles the top talent in the minors. Also, he should also be moved to left field (he's played 25 games there), where there is a vacancy in Philly. He's not going to be a trade chip that gets the Phillies a high-quality MLB player, so they might as well see if he can handle the outfield and possibly look to call him up sometime in 2013.
*Freakin' KK went out and pitched awesome last night. Thanks a lot dillweed! Now we have to suffer through another 4 crappy outings before there is even a murmur of removing him from the rotation.
*Jimmy Rollins is not the all-time leader for games played at SS for the Phillies. Whoopty-flippin-do!
*Can Doc keep the Marlins scoreless streak going today? The Carnival Fish haven't scored a run in 27 innings.