Darin Ruf is leading the Phillies in RBI’s about half way into the Grapefruit League but still won’t be a starter on Opening Day.
Ruf, who has been trying to gain a spot on this Phillies team has been a potential diamond in the ‘rough” for a while now, but the Phillies don’t have a starter’s role for him.
Ruf is tied at the top with a couple other Phillies for most hits in Spring Training so far with 10, he’s been patient at the plate with 5 BB’s as well. In the last 2 years, Darin Ruf has played in only 85 games as a Major Leaguer despite smacking 38 HR for Reading on the Phillies AA team in 2012.
I think if the Phillies had Mike Trout in their minor league system, he’d still be in AA the way the Phillies don’t want to promote young talent. This is where the Phillies have gone wrong in the past couple years. Despite this, Ruf remains optimistic and feels good in his second year in Phillies Spring Training camp.