Ruf was amazing in '12. (AP)
Babe Ruf. Ruf Ryder. So many nicknames in so little time.
Darin Ruf slugged his way onto the scene about midway through the 2012 season with the Reading Phillies; it wasnâ€™t as though Ruf was some highly-touted prospect everyone knew about. Really, he was an afterthought at 26 years old; a guy who was just kind of there. That all changed.
In August, Ruf slugged 20 home runs for Reading, which actually equals the Major League record set by Sammy Sosa in 1998. Overall, Ruf pounded 38 homers over 584 plate appearances, a Phillies minor league record once held by Ryan Howard. After all was said and done with August, Ruf had knocked in 35 runs, scored 29, slugged the 20 homers, and slugged at a .974 clip. Quite a month.
And better late than never for Ruf. And if you recall, Ryan Howard was blocked at one time, not playing full time in the majors until he was 25.
In September, Ruf was called up to the majors as the Phillies were making a final push for the...