Darin Ruf became very popular among fans last year during his short stint with the Philadelphia Phillies. Coming into this spring training, he was expected to compete for the starting left position and possibly right field as well.
So far however, his numbers have not been great, especially when you compare them to Dominic Brown, his competition for the left field position. Brown has been impressing many people so far this spring and is now the leading candidate to win the starting job in left field.
Ruf was very impressive during his time in the minors in 2012 and created quite a buzz when he was called up to the majors. In 12 games with the Phillies, he had a batting average of .333 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He was known as “Babe Ruf” and many people believed he would be the future of the outfield for the Phillies.
This spring, Ruf has played in eight games with a .130 batting average, three RBIs and no home runs. While he is a natural first baseman trying to make a major league roster as a left fielder, his numbers at the plate are not helping. With Delmon Young being injured, there is a possibility that Ruf could play right field, but John Mayberry Jr. may be a better option.
The Phillies have a lot of options in the outfield with many question marks. The decision of who will start and get playing time in the corner spots will be determined through the rest of spring training. But at this point, Ruf is not doing himself any favors.