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18 Darin Ruf RF
Height/Weight: 6-3/240 | Birthdate: 7/28/1986 | Birthplace: Omaha, NE | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 6/0 | Average Draft Position: 263.93
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Darin Ruf swinging in batting cage


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf has begun swinging in the batting cage, MLB.com reports.

"He's starting to progress," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I'm not sure when we'll get him into games yet."

Ruf is on the disabled list due to a strained oblique. He has yet to play in the regular season.


Darin Ruf, Ethan Martin close to starting rehab assignments


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Wednesday outfielder Darin Ruf (oblique) has begun baseball activities and pitcher Ethan Martin (shoulder) is throwing bullpens. Both could begin rehab assignments soon.

No update yet on Darin Ruf


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg did not have an update Tuesday on the status of outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf, who is on the disabled list with an oblique injury. Ruf remains at the team's spring complex in Florida.

Phillies place five on 15-day disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) As expected, the Phillies placed pitchers Mike Adams, Ethan Martin, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and outfielder Darin Ruf and second baseman Freddy Galvis on the 15-day  disabled list on Thursday, ESPN reports.

Darin Ruf out 4-6 weeks with oblique strain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf could be out as long as early May with an oblique injury, per the Philadelphia Daily News.

The loss could hurt team depth. Ruf was seeking a starting spot in the outfield, but was at least slated to back up in left field and right field, as well as first base.


Darin Ruf scheduled Friday for MRI on oblique


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) A left oblique strain could be more serious than first expected for Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf. He will undergo an MRI on Friday, per the Philadelphia Daily News. He felt discomfort for a week, but aggravated the oblique Thursday and was scratched from the game.

Ruf is slated for backup duty in left and right field, as well as first base. He has enjoyed a strongspring after showing some provide in 2013 with 14 home runs in 251-at-bats. But his 91 strikeouts were a concern.


Darin Ruf suffers strained oblique during batting practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf was scratched from Thursday's spring lineup against the Astros after suffering a strained left oblique during batting practice. Ruf is batting .217 (10 for 46) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 18 spring games.

Darin Ruf doing his best to earn spot on roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg sounds as though he's intrigued with the idea of finding more playing time for Darin Ruf, who is batting .280 (7 for 25) with a .520 slugging percentage, two home runs and six RBI in 12 spring games.

"He's trying to get in the lineup on opening day," Sandberg said of Ruf, per the Philadelphia Daily News. "Looking at the at-bats and swings for the last 10 days of spring training, he's one of the hot bats. He would be a guy I want in there."

While Ruf is having a productive spring, he still has to earn a spot on the opening day roster.

"[His spring numbers] are good, that'll help him," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But he's not a lock. Nobody is a lock."


Patience, power could give Darin Ruf chance to play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2014) Darin Ruf could be a lock to break camp with the Phillies despite his defensive deficiencies, the Philadelphia Inquirer has speculated. His power and patience at the plate are qualities his team is lacking.

Ruf hit 14 home runs with 33 walks in 293 plate appearances in 2013. Ryne Sandberg believes Ruf could be on line for 300 plate appearances this season.

"I like him at first base depending on how things go," Sandberg said. "If we need a righthanded bat against lefthanded pitching, we have the lineup for that. That could be Ruf in left field. He could be at first base."

His ability to get on base is a plus. Philadelphia drew fewer walks per game last year than any of its teams in the last 50 years. Ruf walked in a team-best 11.3 percent of his plate appearances a year ago.


Darin Ruf goes deep in rout


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf hit his 14th home run of the season Monday during a 12-2 win over the Miami Marlins. Ruf went deep for a two-run shot in the sixth inning for Philadelphia.

The first baseman finished 2 for 4 in the game with three runs scored. He added a walk and is batting .254 on the season.

Ruf has gone 4 for 7 in his last two games and has seen 26 RBI over 213 at-bats on the year. Still, he's also good for over a strikeout per game.

Darin Ruf's homer count reaches 13


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/8/2013) Darin Ruf knocked in two runs in the Phillies' 3-2 win over the Braves on Sunday, including an eighth-inning home run that put his team up for good. Ruf's blast off David Carpenter was his 13th of the season.

The Phillies' outfielder/first baseman went 2 for 4 with one run and one strikeout. He is now batting .250 this season.


Darin Ruf hits 12th home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf homered in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Ruf finished 1 for 3 with a walk and the solo blast. He has held his own in 172 at-bats this year, as his line sits at .256/.348/.512 with 21 RBI and 20 walks to go with 12 home runs.


Darin Ruf up to nine August home runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf was unable to homer for a fourth straight game Sunday against the Diamondbacks, but he did manage at least one RBI for a fourth straight game. Ruf, who has nine August home runs, is batting .320 (8 for 25) with one double, three home runs and six RBI during a five-game hitting streak.

Darin Ruf connects for sixth August home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf connected for a solo home run Sunday against the Dodgers. It was his eighth home run and second in four games.

Ruf, who walked once Sunday, is batting .236 (13 for 55) with six home runs and nine RBI in 16 August games.


Tough to trust Darin Ruf


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf has once again looked good in a small sample of games, and is seeing regular playing time, but is a sell high in Fantasy leagues.

Ruf has only notched 42 games over his career, and he's put up some pretty unsustainable rates. Ruf's average has been propped up by a ridiculous .370 career BABIP. Considering his career strikeout rate is over 30 percent, there's no way he'll continue to hit for a high average. On top of that, there's also reason to believe his power will taper off. Ruf has his a home run on nearly a quarter of his fly balls. 

It's been a fantastic start to his major league career, but the overall performance has been fluky. Sell while you can. 


Darin Ruf hits fourth August home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf hit his fourth home run of August in his team's 8-5 loss to the Nationals Saturday. The 1-for-4 performance makes him 8 for 33 with four home runs and seven RBI this month and gives him a .289/.389/.546 line with six home runs and 11 RBI in 97 at-bats.

Phillies trust Darin Ruf's development in right field


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) The Phillies designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment Friday, signaling their belief that Darin Ruf is their best option out there, at least for the near future. Ruf, a converted first baseman, is going to spend the final two months of the season auditioning for a job moving forward. 

"This is important for Ruf and [third baseman Cody] Asche and anyone who's getting to play like that, that's probably playing to be on the team or playing for a contract," manager Charlie Manuel told MLB.com Friday. "This is a big time for them. Not only that, it's a great chance. Sometimes you can go in and not get a chance like these guys are going to get."

In 27 games this season, as well as 12 a year ago, Ruf has pretty much proven his bat can play anywhere. In 126 career at-bats, Ruf is hitting .302 with eight home runs and 18 extra-base hits. The question will be finding a long-term home for him, with Ryan Howard still under contract at first base. The team thinks Ruf can learn the position well enough to survive, at least.

"He's not going to be a Gold Glover," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But what he can bring to the table, we think he can bring to the table for us, warrants getting him as many at-bats as possible, even though we may sacrifice a little bit of defense."


Darin Ruf goes yard in win over Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf enjoyed another solid performance at the plate Thursday against the Cubs with two hits, including his fifth home run of the season.

Ruf launched a two-run home run in the third inning off starter Jeff Samardzija to extend the lead for the Phillies. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 12-1 victory.

Ruf has recorded at least two hits in three of his last four games. He has homered three times over his last six games. He is hitting .303/.410/.551 with five homers and nine RBI in 89 at-bats.

Darin Ruf's on-base streak ends


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf failed to reach base Wednesday against the Cubs, the first time he has been held off base dating back to last season.

Ruf went 0 for 4 in a 5-2 loss, while striking out twice, ending a 33-game on-base streak that was the longest in the majors. Ruf's average fell to .294, while his on-base percentage stands at .400 in 85 at-bats. 


Jumping on the Darin Ruf bandwagon


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/7/2013) I'm with colleague Nando Di Fino in declaring the Phillies' Darin Ruf one of the more underowned hitters in Fantasy.

Granted, most 27-year-olds who hit .266 with seven home runs in 305 at-bats at Triple-A prior to a midseason promotion aren't so deserving of a second look. But last year, Ruf led all minor-leaguers with 38 home runs, and he did it at Double-A, which is usually a tougher adjustment than Triple-A. Maybe losing the battle for the starting left field job in spring training put him in a funk. Since arriving in the big leagues July 6, he has looked much more like the player who compiled a .299 batting and .380 on-base percentage over five minor-league, reaching base in all 24 of the games he's played so far.

But his greatest attribute is power. The 400-foot shots come so effortlessly for him. He has two already, including one against Kris Medlen over the weekend that would have left all 30 ballparks. He also has two home runs of more reasonable distance, giving him four in 81 at-bats.

And I predict more to come, making Ruf an ideal waiver claim for all those owners who lost Nelson Cruz to the Biogenesis suspensions.


Darin Ruf still underowned


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/6/2013) Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf has been as good as advertised so far this season, hitting .299 with three home runs and a .907 OPS through 23 games. And with Ryan Howard's return still far off -- if he comes back at all -- Ruf looks to have the starting first base job locked up for essentially the rest of the season. 

Ruf hit .317 with 38 home runs in Double-A last year. He had three straight seasons of 30 or more doubles heading into 2013, and had an .882 OPS over five minor league seasons. He strikes out a decent amount, but nothing egregious for a power hitter. And he's sporting a cool .413 OBP so far this season. 

While it's understandable to expect a rookie hitter to see a drop-off after a big start like this, Ruf could still finish 2013 with a .280 average and double-digit home runs. He's worth an add in most 12-team Roto formats as a corner infielder. 


Darin Ruf having little problem getting on base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) After netting two singles Sunday against the Braves, Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf has reached base 32 straight games dating back to last year, which is the longest active streak in the majors, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. It's also the longest streak by a Phillies' hitter since Chase Utley reached base safely in 33 straight games from Sept. 7, 2008 to April 22, 2009.

"I love his swing," manager Charlie Manuel said of Ruf. "I like the way the ball jumps off his bat. His home run the other night was on the inside of the plate and he hit it nice and easy. Nice and easy. The power is there."


Darin Ruf light on RBI since recall


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf had an RBI single, as he finished 2 for 4 with one run and one double Sunday at Detroit. Ruf has hit safely in six straight games, batting .333 (7 for 21) with one RBI and two doubles.

Ruf is batting .310 in 17 games since his recall from the minors. He has two home runs and four RBI.


Darin Ruf homers in Game 1


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf homered in the first game of the club's doubleheader Saturday against the White Sox.

Ruf finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Even with an 0 for 4 in the second game of the doubleheader, Ruf owns a brilliant .375/.483/.750 line in eight games this season.


Darin Ruf hits first homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf continued to bring a solid bat Wednesday against the Nationals, as he hit safely for the fifth straight game since being recalled from Triple-A.

Ruf had just one hit in the game, but it was his first home run of the season, a solo shot in a 5-1 loss. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk, bringing his average to .385 through five games.