Monday, August 27, 2012
Minor League Monster- Darin Ruf
He leads all of minor league baseball in homeruns, is 3rd in OPS, and is close to cracking the top 10 in RBI. He's done all this in the Double-A Eastern League that is regarded as having very fair parks (not hitter friendly like the Texas League or Pacific Coast League). Ruf is not considered a "prospect" because he lacks "tools". Tools are great, they helped build Noah's ark, but I could give two squirts of pee about tools when it comes to players, just as long as they produce. I'm not stupid, I understand that toolsy prospects have a higher ceiling than non-toolsy guys like Tyler Cloyd or Darin Ruf. However, it sucks that they get pushed aside because of this. You don't know what you have until you test it out. In other words, give the dude a shot. Maybe that's what the Phillies have in mind, since Ruf has recently been moved to left field, a position that isn't blocked at the MLB level like his old position of 1st base is (Ryan Howard).
Seems to me that the Phillies have been best served by non-prospects over the past few years. Hyped guys like Carlos Carrasco, Kyle Drabek, Jason Donald, Lou Marson, etc. haven't done too well at the MLB level. Remember Domonic Brown was one of the best prospects in the game prior to 2011. Oh my, how his stock has fallen. Then there are the under-the-radar minor leaguers that have come up and contributed to the Phils run of success- Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley, Erik Kratz, Chris Coste, John Mayberry Jr., and I'm probably missing a few.