Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
A fan favorite is in the making for the Philadelphia Phillies with Darin Ruf.  Can he force the brain trust to take him north next April?

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The Crystal Champagne ToastKyle KendrickFour-Star Performance

The Penthouse Darin Ruf

Kyle Kendrick

John Mayberry Jr.
Jeremy HorstSmoked A 2-RBI Triple To Open A 2-0 Lead
In The 2nd During His 1 For 2 Night With An IBB
Nursing A 2-Run Advantage
Punched Out Werth With A Runner At 3rd To End The 5th,
& Escaped A Harper-At-3rd One-Out Jam In The 6th
Fired 7 Scoreless, 4-Hit Innings
Made A Superb Catch Of A Blooper In A Critical Spot During The 8th
Ended The 8th-Inning Threat With A Called K On The 4-Hole Stick

House CallJimmy RollinsHas A Calf Issue


Out Of Leftfield:

Coming down the line from Reading, we heard him or maybe that was one of his record-setting homeruns. However, he was quick to point out that Ryan Howard played in less games–many. Last night, in a playoff atmosphere against the Nats, he crushed a 2-RBI triple to back a stellar performance from Kyle Kendrick. The fan in me dares to dream about a middle of the order for 2013: Chase Utley, the Rynosaur, Chooch Ruiz and “Babe” Ruf. That stated, my article’s main point is a baseball man’s view of the action and roster decisions.
I like Ruf but he has a huge mountain to climb in Clearwater. Ergo, he will earn it, if he is part of the opening-day 25. But even before January, Rube Amaro will move methodically for a veteran set-up hurler, and a right-handed power bat in that exact order. When you consider his trading options, he has minor leaguers but his only surplus is young relievers. Darin’s numbers in winter ball will be watched closely, but he’ll need to wow management during March as well.
Firstly, the biggest reason to be a Phillie is their championship core 4: Jimmy Rollins, Utley, Howard and Cole Hamels. That’s the biggest attraction to draw talent for any franchise, like the Yankees of: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada. They are the face, heart and soul of their organization, which means that Utley’s time here may not be over so quickly. Ruf could give Howard an occasionally rest at first, but there is no way a major move will be made.
Amaro will do everything he can to locate right-handed lumber, because he wants someone he can definitely count on. LF Juan Pierre and RF Dom Brown have the best shot to open the season with the team. John Mayberry Jr. is a good platoon option with Magic Juan, and Big John is solid as a defensive replacement. Remember, the league catches up with these new heroes when they find their holes–like Mayberry, Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley and Mike Stutes.
All factors will be considered and Rube needs a right-side stick. However, he will enter camp with “Babe” in left for Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get experience there. There will be no rush and they will want Ruf to be in the lineup every day. The young upstart will have an ample opportunity to impress the GM, but chances are he’ll a need minimum of 2 months at Lehigh Valley. He certainly has given the faithful a large dose of hope and anticipation for 2013.


B.J. Rosenberg:

Gio Gonzalez:


Over The TopExcellent

3-Quarter SidearmGood

SidearmAbove Average

Short Arm Approximately Average

SubmarineBelow Average

Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.

Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5
Slot on his club:  1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation

HURLERB.J. RosenbergGio Gonzalez



FOR 20121st StartOver The Top

'12 RANKING-- of 5 Categories1st of 5 Categories

LAST START1st StartChangeup

LAST HIGH OR LOW-- of 15 Categories8th of 15 Categories


1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64

2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53

3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity

4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster

5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected

6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+

7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured

8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted

9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count

** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also


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