Found August 23, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
In the midst of a playoff race, talented first-year pro Cody Asche is shining in the shadow of a dominating figure. If not for the scorching hot bat of first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf, the focus of fans and media members might be fully centered on the Phillies’ 4th round draft selection from last summer. Asche, who typically bats second in the Double-A Reading Phillies’ lineup, credits his placement, batting in front of the man that folks have begun to call “Babe Ruf”, with providing him chances to see beneficial offerings from opposing hurlers. “I think I have been getting good pitches to hit, with Ruf doing what he’s doing behind me. I’ve kind of taken the approach that all I need to do is get on base for him and really tried to simplify things at the plate,” Asche said. Ruf, Reading’s big-time slugger, has been tremendous in recent weeks. In 21 August games, the 26-year-old Creighton University product has posted a .333 batting average with 14 home runs and 21 RBI. Both Ruf ...
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