Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/4/12
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 wasn’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 second wild card spot, one they would fall short of reaching. It took some time for Charlie Manuel to get Ruf into the lineup, but once he did, he couldn’t keep him out. On September 25, his first major league hit was, you guessed it, a home run against the Nationals. You’ll remember the largest post-home-run snub in major league history that everyone in the dugout was a part of, including the bat boy. Players only do that with guys they like, and in 2012, everyone enjoyed Darin Ruf. Overall with the big club, Ruf finished with 11 hits in 33 at-bats, including three home runs and 10 RBI. After the season, Ruf was named the Paul Owens Award winner for the best minor league player in the Phillies system. It was much deserved. Even with all the exciting moments during 2012, there are still questions with Ruf’s game. Can he play a suitable enough left field to be an everyday player? Can he hit at this level for a long period of time? It remains to be seen if the Phillies will give him the opportunity to start. But for 2012, it was one hell of a ride for Ruf.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

Report: Greg Hardy cancels club event after 'catching heat'

Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland after A's-Astros trade

Mike Pettine discusses Johnny Manziel’s present, future


John Farrell: Ortiz's retirement announcement 'bittersweet'

Mark McGwire expected to be named Padres bench coach

Belichick on Peyton Manning benching: 'It's not our decision'

Report: Baylor's Jarrett Stidham out for regular season

Reporter believes Browns are 'ready to move on' from Manziel

Slow start not a problem for Utah Jazz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker