Ruf will complete 2012 in Reading says Phils' scouting director Jordan. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni
Darin Ruf, age 26, is no longer a traditional prospect. Playing at a level that he is considered too old for, Ruf was expected to put up big numbers for the R-Phils. But something strange has happened: those big numbers have turned into gigantic numbers and Ruf is now the talk of the Phillie developmental world.
Ruf has smashed 11 HRs in 13 games for the R-Phils including HRs in five straight games. With 19 games left to play, Ruf needs just 9 HRs to tie Ryan Howard‘s single-season R-Phils mark. While Ruf was an Eastern Leauge All-Star for the R-Phils, his power explosion was a bit unexpected. Ruf, at 6’3″, 220 lbs, is a big man out of Creighton University who, in four minor league seasons, has posted an impressive .304/.384/.509 SLG%.
Yet, much of that slugging has come in 2011 and 2012. Ruf hit 17 HRs last year for Clearwater and has 29 already this season for Reading. His power su...