Chronological list of top rookie seasons in Phillies history

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double against the Miami Marlins during the sixth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double against the Miami Marlins during the sixth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 25: A view of the field at sunset in the fifth inning during a game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Yankees won 4-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

Bruce Ruffin (1986, starting pitcher, ROY voting: 7th)

Ruffin was promoted to the Phillies in June of 1986 after the release of Steve Carlton, who was at the end of a Hall of Fame career. Ruffin’s rookie season turned out to be his best. In 21 starts, he went 9-4 with a 2.46 ERA and six complete games. His performance was good enough for seventh place in the Rookie of the Year voting.

In the rotation for the entire 1987 season, Ruffin went 11-14 with a career high 204 2/3 innings and a 4.35 ERA.  He spent four more seasons with the Phillies, pitching to a sub-par record of 22-40 in 142 appearances, 78 as a starter.

In 1992, Ruffin played for the Brewers and struggled to a 1-6 record with a 6.67 ERA.  He signed with the Rockies in 1993 and had a moderate amount of success in the bullpen.  Ruffin had a 3.87 ERA in 1993, 2.12 ERA in 37 games in 1995 and seven wins and 24 saves in 1996. Ruffin retired after an 0-2 record with a 5.32 ERA in 23 games in 1997.

Ruffin’s son, Chance, pitched in 24 Major League games for the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners over parts of two seasons.

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