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11-20-2012, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyersFan61290 View Post
why do i feel like Ruf came out of nowhere. did he impress last year too and just "break out" this year or what? anyway, that sounds like real good news but it would be great if he could get that average up a bit.
He has shown a pretty natural progression and, if he were 5 years younger would be considered amongst the best prospects in baseball. However, given his advanced age, he'd have needed to have been ridiculously dominant to get recognized. 2012 was that ridiculous year.

To me, it's not a question of the power. He's at least a 25 HR a year guy at the MLB level. However, where he will be for average and whether his defense be enough are the questions. If we had an opening at 1B (I wonder if the Red Sox would take on Howard?), Ruf would be an absolute no brainer there.

It's exciting that we have a right-handed offensive player regardless and we all get to pray that he's Matt Holliday-lite.

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