The Philadelphia Phillies have named their official minor league hitter and pitcher of the month for April. Reading Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf was named the hitter for April and Tyler Cloyd has been named the pitcher of the month for the five starts he made between Double-A and Triple-A.
Ruf batted .378 in April, collecting 31 hits in 23 games. The month was highlighted by a 5-for-5 performance at Richmond in which he hit a home run, scored four runs, and drove in two. He ranks in the top five in the Eastern League in both hits (31) and batting average (.360) and he has compiled an impressive .889 OPS.
Cloyd has dominated at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts, striking out 20 batters against just three walks in 25 innings. Cloyd also fared well in the one start in which he pitched in Triple-A, throwing six perfect innings with eight strikeouts in an emergency outing in which the team called him up to start.
The Phillies don’t have any starting pitching prospects that can make an impact for the major league team anytime soon, but Cloyd has to be seen as one of the top pitchers to be called up soon, along with Trevor May, the team’s top prospect. Cloyd was initially selected in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft and he is in his fifth season of minor league ball.