Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Ruf Watches his Drive During April in Lehigh Valley. The Philadelphia Phillies record going into their game Sunday stands at 33-36 and 7 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves who are leading the NL East. With this being said, where do the Phillies go from here? Do they continue to play sub .500 baseball, do they make some big time trades by trading the likes of a Cliff Lee, Chase Utley, or Jimmy Rollins, or do they start playing their future stars more this season? To answer the question, the Philadelphia Phillies should start playing their future stars more often because it can’t hurt and we are already seeing the impact of the younger players this season. For example, Domonic Brown who I wrote about this past week about being an all star is already making impact in this lineup and in the majors. Let’s face it without Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, Domonic Brown is the most feared hitter in the Phillies lineup. His numbers speak for himself. Brown is batting .276 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI even though he is slowing down a bit, he can still hit a long ball to change a game in an instant. While staying in the outfield there is another future Phillie that should be up with the big league club as soon as possible and his name is Darin Ruf. Ruf made his big splash in the minors last season with Double-A Reading as he had an outstanding 38 home runs with 104 RBI and a batting average of .317. With those kind of numbers Phillies fans wanted to see Ruf in the majors as soon as possible and they got their wish. Ruf was called up in September as the Phillies were out of the playoffs and they got to see what Ruf is about. In 12 games, Ruf batted .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI but had 12 strikeouts. But those numbers can be better with some more playing time. Currently, Ruf is playing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley with the IronPigs and is doing alright as their left fielder. So far this season, he is batting .265 with six home runs and 31 RBI. If Ruf was called up I would like to see him in RF because Delmon Young has just been a horrible free agent acquisition or backing up Ryan Howard at first. As much as the Phillies have nice hitting prospects, they have some great pitching prospects in which a couple of them have already started more than a few games in the starting rotation. One of those pitchers is Jonathan Pettibone. Pettibone who only had one start in the minors this season was called up and has done admirable job in 11 starts. In those 11 starts, he is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA. In his latest start which was on Saturday it was his worst start of his young career in the majors to date. Against the Colorado Rockies, Pettibone would get rocked for 10 hits and six runs over three innings. But this is expected for the young pitcher but he will get better over time. Lastly, there are two pitchers that you probably do know about in the Phillies farm system and they are the baby aces. They are Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan. These two pitchers have amazing stuff to one day be number one and two pitchers in the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation. First let’s take a look at Jesse Biddle who is right now pitching in Double-A Reading. Biddle is 3-6 with a 2.95 ERA so far this season and has been consistent. His best two starts happened on April 22nd and April 28th. On April 22nd, Biddle threw seven shutout innings, giving up one hit, and striking out 13 as he was on the way to a no hitter that night. Then on April 28th, he would try to top that performance by throwing six shutout innings, giving up one hit again and striking out 10. Who knows by the middle of the summer, Biddle might get promoted to Double-A but if he doesn’t and keeps on throwing well in Reading he just might be a September call up. Finally, Adam Morgan who has flown through the Phillies minor league system since being drafted in 2011 could of been in the Phillies starting rotation right now. But he is just not ready yet and you do not want to rush a pitcher up through the minors. Morgan who is on the seven day disabled list with an injury was pitching alright for the IronPigs this season. He has a 1-4 record with a 4.97 ERA but besides the numbers, this guy has great stuff and that is the reason why he has been flying through the Phillies system so quickly. It is great to see that the Philadelphia Phillies farm system is finally start to produce talent but there is so much to be discovered in Clearwater, Lakewood, Williamsport, Reading, and Lehigh Valley. So only time will if the future is bright for the young and upcoming Philadelphia Phillies. Related Articles  Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown should be an all-star
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

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.

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.