Key 2013 Stats: .247 AVG/.348 OBP/.458 SLG, 14 HR, 30 RBIs
What Happened in 2013
In 2013, Darin Ruf received much more playing time then the year before (73 games in 2013 compared to just 12 in 2012), and proved to the Phillies organization that he definitely has some potential. While his production wasn’t amazing, he was a guy that came in handy when needed. Ruf showed versatility in playing first base, right field, and first base, allowing the Phillies to put him on the field when injuries occurred. (Although his defense, especially in the outfield received mixed reviews at best.) And when it comes to the Phillies aging roster, he was considered a youngster at age 27.
Overall, Ruf had a solid season with the bat, delivering 14 homers to go along with a good on-base percentage in his limited plate appearances.
What to Expect in 2014
Ruf may receive some more playing time this upcoming season, but it will largely depend on injuries, the production of other players, and Ruf’s ability to play adequately in the outfield. There’s also the chance that the team decides that he’s most useful to them as a trade chip. I’m hoping for a decent amount of playing time for Ruf, because the power and potential is definitely there.