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Darin Ruf | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/28/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 248
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Creighton
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Darin Ruf went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a strikeout in Thursday afternoon's win over the Mets.
Ruf's two-run shot off Mets starter Sean Gilmartin in the fourth inning represented almost the entirety of the offensive output in the well-pitched contest, at least until Andres Blanco socked a solo shot in the eighth inning. For his part, the 29-year-old Ruf is finishing out the season with a strong power surge and has homered in four of his last 10 games, adding to a .239/.296/.425 triple-slash. In addition to that batting line, he's whacked 12 homers and driven in 39 over the course of 259 at-bats. Oct 1 - 2:56 PM

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Darin Ruf was 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Nationals.

Ruf has struggled all year against right-hander pitching, but he took Jordan Zimmermann deep in the fifth inning. He has 10 home runs on the year, but only three of them have come against right-handers.
Sep 25 - 9:53 PM

Darin Ruf went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-2 defeat of the Marlins.

Predictably, Ruf's home run came off of a lefty. It was a solo shot in the seventh inning which brought the Phillies' lead to 5-0. Ruf entered the game with a paltry .422 OPS against right-handers but 1.080 against southpaws. He'll be playing first base every day for the rest of the season, though, as a bruised knee has ended Ryan Howard's season.
Sep 22 - 10:51 PM

Darin Ruf provided both of the Phillies' runs in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals with a two-run home run.

Ruf tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a monster two-run home run to left-center off of Gio Gonzalez. He would finish 1-for-2 with a pair of walks on the evening. Ruf is filling in for Ryan Howard (knee) and will continue starting at first base for as long as Howard is out. Ruf is batting .239/.292/.399 with eight home runs and 29 RBI this season.
Sep 16 - 10:07 PM

Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run and six RBI as the Phillies doubled up the Mets 14-8 on Tuesday.

Ruf extended the Phillies' lead to 5-0 in the third inning with a three-run home run to left field off of Jon Niese. He added an RBI single in the fifth, and a two-run single in the sixth. The six RBI mark a career-high for Ruf, as he hadn't even knocked in four in a game before. The 1B/OF has otherwise not done much at the plate, batting .245/.292/.406 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 209 plate appearances.
Sep 1 - 10:57 PM

Darin Ruf hit his sixth homer Thursday off the Mets' Jon Niese.

That's the good news. However, he also struck out three times as part of a 1-for-6 night. The last strikeout ended the game and came on one of the very worst swings of 2015, as he took a half-cut at a slider that started about a foot out of the strike zone and ended up about two feet away from his bat. That'll leave a longer lasting impression than the homer.
Aug 27 - 11:48 PM

Darin Ruf went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Ruf took an Alex Wood offering out of the park in the fifth inning to pull the Phillies to within 9-4. Suffice it to say, the Phillies lost the game. Ruf was called up on June 24 to take Chase Utley's (ankle) spot on the active roster. Across 118 major league at-bats this season, he's hitting .229/.268/.390 with four homers and 14 RBI.
Jul 4 - 10:35 PM

Phillies recalled 1B/OF Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He's taking Chase Utley's (ankle) spot on the roster. Ruf has batted just .235/.279/.382 over 43 games with the big club this season. He should see some starts versus lefties.
Jun 24 - 12:14 PM

Phillies optioned 1B/OF Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The 28-year-old has struggled offensively, hitting just .235 with three homers. Domonic Brown was called up to take his roster spot.
Jun 13 - 7:45 PM

Darin Ruf pinch-hit in the ninth inning and delivered a walk-off RBI single to right field, sending the Phillies to a win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Odubel Herrera led off the inning with a double and was moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Ruiz. Manager Bryan Price opted to have lefty Tony Cingrani pitch to Ruf rather than walk him to face Ben Revere, and Ruf made him pay. He has not been much of a force at the plate this season, batting .225/.276/.393 with three home runs and 10 RBI, but even if he were, the Phillies' crowded outfield situation leaves him on the bench more often than not anyway.
Jun 2 - 10:33 PM

Darin Ruf went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Phillies completed a weekend sweep of the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Ruf drilled a Josh Collmenter offering over the fence in left field to extend the Phillies' lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning. It's his third long ball of the year. Ruf entered the game with a .383 OPS against right-handed pitching, so the home run was rather unexpected. The 28-year-old doesn't have any fantasy value given his intermittent playing time and severe platoon split.
May 17 - 4:38 PM

Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Braves.

Ruf was in the lineup at first base, spelling Ryan Howard, as the left-handed Alex Wood started for the Braves. It was no surprise that Ruf performed well as he has a career .864 OPS against lefties. Ruf, batting .229/.296/.438 with two home runs and five RBI, has no use in traditional fantasy leagues, but can provide some value every now and then in DFS.
May 4 - 10:42 PM

Darin Ruf went 1-for-2 with a pinch-hit solo home run in a 10-inning loss to the Nationals on Sunday.

Ruf entered the afternoon hitless in 13 plate appearances to begin the season. He pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving a no-doubt solo home run to left field off of Xavier Cedeno. Ruf excels against left-handed pitching but he's fighting for playing time in the outfield with fellow right-hander Jeff Francoeur and first base is currently occupied full-time by Ryan Howard, so Ruf carries no fantasy appeal whatsoever.
Apr 12 - 5:04 PM

Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double as the Phillies topped the Braves 5-3 on Tuesday.

Ruf needed this after entering the day with a .189/.250/.297 line in 37 at-bats. Still, he might be Triple-A bound regardless. The Phillies aren't likely to platoon Ryan Howard when they still have hope of trading him, and there probably won't be much outfield time available for Ruf unless maybe Domonic Brown lands on the disabled list. It's too bad for Ruf that, even at age 28, he still has options left and thus can't force the Phillies' hand.
Mar 24 - 5:18 PM

Darin Ruf clubbed his third home run of the season in Tuesday's win against the Nationals.

Ruf, getting the start at first base against a left-handed starter, finished the night 2-for-3. Manager Ryne Sandberg has found it difficult to find Ruf playing time, especially at first base given Ryan Howard's presence, so his status is rather murky at this moment. In 64 plate appearances this season, he's slashing .250/.365/.481 with five RBI.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Darnell Sweeney
3Emmanuel Burriss
4Angelys Nina
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Andres Blanco
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
2Roman Quinn
RF1Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Harang
2Aaron Nola
3Matt Harrison
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Adam Morgan
6David Buchanan
7Alec Asher
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Luis Garcia
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Mario Hollands
5Elvis Araujo
6Hector Neris
7Dan Otero
8Colton Murray
9Jimmy Cordero
10Dalier Hinojosa
11A.J. Achter
12Nefi Ogando
13Edubray Ramos
14Reiner Roibal