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Interview Excerpts with Prospects Darin Ruf & Tyler Cloyd

The Phillies’ hottest two prospects this year are likely names that most fans have not heard of.  Recently, readers have seen my features on right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd and first baseman Darin Ruf.  With both men having such tremendous success thus far in 2012, I thought it was worthwhile to review their output and bring to you their interview excerpts.

Reading Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf is ripping through Double-A Eastern League pitching this season.  In 32 games for the R-Phils, Ruf has posted a league leading .393 batting average with 6 HR and 26 RBI.

On a torrid pace recently, in his past 4 games, Ruf has gone 8-for-14 (.571 avg) with 3 walks, 3 doubles, 4 HR and 13 RBI.

The 20th round draft selection from 2009 spoke about his manager, Dusty Wathan, his own approach to the game, players that he looked up to in his younger days and more. Check out the media player below to hear from Darin.

Overall in 7 starts this season at two levels, Cloyd, who was the Phillies’ 18th round draft pick from 2008, has posted a 6-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and a .199 batting average against.

Below are some interview excerpts from recent my one-on-one interview with the Nebraska native.  Use the media player to hear what Cloyd had to say about his hot start this season, his approach, players he looked up to and plenty more.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider.  You can check out more content from Jay by visiting his site,

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