Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Diamond in the Ruf

Pardon the corny title, but I wasn't feeling overly creative.  Should I have went with Ruf Riders instead?  Whatever...

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.

Other Stuff:
*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.

14 comments:

SirAlden said...

Congratulations To J-Roll.

1) Catch and Pass the Mutts

2) Get over .500

3) Get into Wild Card Race

4) Win Wild Card Spot

GM-Carson said...

You are delusional.

Bob D said...

Delusional yes...but with the aces it is possible. I feel Brown and Utley make the lineup all the better. But it would take one heck of a run to do it. Aug 15 & 10 games out. Pirates and Braves holding spots. Nats up by 17.5 and they r a good team will not likely give up that spot. Worley and Kendrick are mediocre this year and could be the down fall of any come back attempt. Just a note: ten of Kendrick sixteen starts he's allowed two or fewer runs. I think its wishful thinking but not out of the question. See Cardinals 2011

Ben said...

I hope that this team does not make the playoffs. If they do, everyone will think that things are just rosey and nothing will be done about the many, many problems that need to be addressed moving forward into the '13 and '14 seasons.

GM-Carson said...

Greg f'n Dobbs. C'mon Halladay!

GM-Carson said...

Ben- I think there is 0% chance they make the playoffs. However, if they defy odds/logic and do get there, I would be ecstatic!

Anonymous said...

Pipe dreams maybe but I'm never giving up RH should be Killing these pictures not the other way around.

GM-Carson said...

BJ Roserberg is some sorta terrible.

Mike C said...

"Should I have went with Ruf Riders instead?" Good God! I teach Mathematics for a living and not English, but language such as that brings out the hidden "grammar policeman" lurking inside me. I believe that you meant to say "Should I have gone with Ruf Riders instead?"

Mike C said...

"Should I have went with Ruf Riders instead?" Good God! I teach Mathematics for a living and not English, but language such as that brings out the hidden "grammar policeman" lurking inside me. I believe that you meant to say "Should I have gone with Ruf Riders instead?"

SirAlden said...

Let's admit it.

All our baby arms including Bastardo
are not ready for prime time and stink.

The Bullpen has been the phachillies heel.

SirAlden said...

Delusional yes. I love GM-Carson.

I will settle for 1) 2) and half of 3)

Bob D said...

Maybe he meant gone with them lol

Chase Trillo said...

GM-Carson said...

BJ Roserberg is some sorta terrible.


So is that buffoon of a manager who thought it would be a great idea to use him in a one run game... Then after Valdes does his job, he brings in Schwimer to throw nothing but gas on the fire. I know Bastardo has struggled, but I'd sure as hell rather have him try and hold down a one run game than BJ Freaking Rosenberg!

Fire Manuel already!!