Darin Ruf Will Join Phillies Tomorrow

After an incredible season, Ruf will reportedly join the Phils tomorrow. Photo by: Jay Floyd

UPDATE 11:44 PM: Michael Stutes will be moved to the 60-DL to free a roster spot for Ruf.


After Reading was eliminated three games to one earlier today, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle is reporting that Darin Ruf will skip Triple-A Lehigh Valley and join the Phillies tomorrow for their game against the Marlins. The man known as #BabeRuf on Twitter tied or broke a few records within the last few weeks, including the record for most home runs in a month at any level of professional baseball with 20 in August for Reading and the records for most home runs and RBIs in a season for any player at Reading. Ruf earned the Phillies Minor League Player of the Year and Eastern League MVP and Rookie of the Year awards for 2012 by hitting .317/.408/.620 with 38 HRs and 104 RBIs in the regular season and lead the R-Phils into the Eastern League Playoffs as a Wild Card.

About a week ago, the staff here at Phillies Nation speculated if Darin Ruf would be added. The consensus was that there was no reason Ruf should not join the Phils. When Pete Orr was added to the roster as the 40th man, many, including myself, thought Ruf would not join the big club in 2012. Yet, the power hitting first baseman/left fielder will join the team tomorrow, defying expectations based on age, position, and prospect level. For more on Ruf, check out this episode of Phillies Nation TV, where our minor league expert Jay Floyd gives a detailed scouting report.

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  1. Ken Bland

    September 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This is very good news. Obviously for the look see at his talent, but the way things are going today, at least temporarily thinking there’s a sliver of a chance to make things interesting (1 step at a time) a misdemeanor instead of a felony, he connects off a mistake against the Fish, and it gets a little harder to remember how dead the Bank has been at times this summer.

    And it could send a message through the clubhouse, too.

    Gotta get this game!

    • Ryne Duren

      September 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      yea ken my man. time to get Ruf! that play or non play at third by mini mart tonight cost us 3 runs! cody asche should get a look see also. i’m not saying he’s michael jack but schmitty was the ripe age of 22 when he saw his first taste in sept. 72. and if you remember he hit .186 with 18 hr and 56 rbi in 73 his rookie year. from what i understand this asche kid is a pretty good 3rd basemen. i don’t think theres any way he doesn’t upgrade the offense from that position even if he doesn’t do well! hell the production from 3rd has been almost nonexistant.

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Considering Howards putrid slugging and OPS numbers vs lefthanded pitching.

    Wouldnt you be looking to get some relief with this guy or Mayberry starting at first vs lefties?

    • Ryne Duren

      September 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      now come on AFW you know that would require some brains. the only person who don’t know is the one who writes the line up card. he’ll figure it out sometime in early december shopping for christmas gifts. i could see him in a mall somewhere and all of a sudden he yells out gollieeee! like gomer pyle.

      • schmenkman

        September 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        Manuel isn’t the only one who doesn’t know it.

        Terry Collins doesn’t know it (Ike Davis, .544 OPS vs. LHP)
        Ron Gardenhire doesn’t know it (Justin Morneau, .580)
        Joe Girardi doesn’t know it (Robinson Cano, .612)
        Manny Acta doesn’t know it (Shin Shoo Choo, .573)

        Managers don’t platoon or pinch hit for their stars. That shouldn’t be a surprise, no matter how much sense it makes statistically.

        Having said that, I think Ruf will get some starts, and they will probably be vs. lefties.
        Now, having said that

      • schmenkman

        September 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        (ignore the last bit)

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 10, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I dont expect the common sense either but it would be nice.

    Manuel has always showed preference to his stars and veterans.
    I am hoping a desire to win will overtake any preferance.

    Its the non stars that give you grit and determination.
    I really like this teams non stars.

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