Reading Phillies slugger Darin Ruf was named the Eastern League MVP and the Philadelphia Phillies minor league player of the year this week. Through August 31st, he is hitting .321 with a .632 slugging percentage, 38 home runs and 103 RBI.
Ruf’s 38 home runs are a franchise record for the Reading Phillies, surpassing a mark set by Ryan Howard in 2004. His 20 home runs in the month of August tied a record for the most home runs in a single month at any level of organized baseball.
Ruf turned 26 in July, making him a bit older than most players in Double-A, and he has never really been considered a top prospect. But his 2012 season has certainly given Reading Phillies fans something to be excited about and may earn him a September callup once the Eastern League playoffs conclude.
I’m rooting for him, because he’s a great story – and because he was a lot nicer than most of his more highly-regarded teammates when Reading visited Trenton earlier this season. (I just hope that he doesn’t have too much success against the Mets.)