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08-09-2013, 08:10 AM
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The big thing about Ruf is his strikeout rate. Right now that's about 30%. However, he has been taking a good amount of walks as well. The key for him is to get that K rate down. Also, when pitchers figure out how to pitch to him, he'll need to readjust and make sure to take those pitches and work the count.

If he can't take over an outfield position, I think he would be great at the very least to platoon with Howard. I know it sounds horrible that we have to platoon our $25 mil 1st baseman, but Howard cannot hit lefties. So far so good with Ruf though. I think based on what we've seen, he could become a good player.

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