Darin Cortland Ruf graduated from Westside High School (NE) where he played baseball, football and basketball...Was captain of both teams....Married his high school sweetheart, Libby and they have two kids together, a son, Henry and a daughter, Olive. ...Went to Creighton University while Libby went to the University of Kansas and became a state tennis champion....While at Creighton University, he finished his four-year career with 2,251 putouts, third-most in NCAA history and 38 shy of the all-time mark...He graduated as the school's all-time leader in sacrifice flies (22) and putouts while ranking second in RBI (201)....Named the Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2007...That year he also earned the Rawlings Gold Glove award as the nation's best fielding first baseman. Played in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) from 2017-2019 with the Samsung Lions....After finding it difficult to explain the homelessness in San Francisco to his son Henry, Darin and his wife, Libby, decided to start a new family activity where they make bag lunches consisting of PB&J, granola bars, crackers, bottled water and a lollipop...Henry helped decorate the bags and would give them out to those in need.
Made his second career pitching appearance on Aug. 15 at Atlanta, going 2.0 shutout innings, the longest ever scoreless appearance by a Mets position player... Lined a two-run, pinch-hit double in his first at-bat with the Mets on Aug. 5 vs. Atlanta... Was acquired at the trade deadline by the Mets...Had three extra-base hits and seven RBI in 29 games in New York... Started the season with San Francisco...Slashed .216/.328/373 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 90 games with the club.
POSTSEASON: Started Game 2 of the NL Wild Card series vs. San Diego at Citi Field, going 0-3 with a walk.
Set career-bests in runs scored (41), doubles (13), homers, RBI, walks and OPS in his second season with SF...also played in a career best 117 games...Batted .295 with 13 homers and a .955 OPS in his 62 starts...His 1.007 OPS vs. LHP was the seventh-best in the Majors...Starting May 15, Ruf hit .284 with 12 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, 31 RBI, a .386 OBP and a .526 SLG (85 games)...His 14 go-ahead RBI were tied for fourth-most on the team with IF Brandon Belt...his seven game-winning RBI were tied for third-most...Hit .182 (10x55) with 3 HRs off the bench with a.715 OPS...Saw action at 1B, LF, RF, DH and also one game on the mound.
POSTSEASON: Made his first career postseason roster and started three games (LF and 1B)...Mashed his first career postseason homer with a game-tying blast in the 6th inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Wrapped up his sixth MLB season and his first with SF...On an Opening Day roster for the first time since 2016 with Philadelphia, Ruf hit .276 (24-for-87) in 40 games...Made 24 starts, starting 15 games in left field, six as the DH, two at first base and one in right field...Hit his first homer of the season on Aug. 15 vs. OAK off RHP Burch Smith...marked his first homer in the big leagues since Oct. 1, 2016, vs. New York-NL...His home run off Madison Bumgarner on Sept. 5 was 453-feet...it marked the third-longest home run Bumgarner has allowed tracked by Statcast (since 2015)...Hit his fourth career pinch-hit homer and first since 2016 on Sept. 8 vs. Seattle, hitting a go-ahead solo shot in the 7th inning off LHP Anthony Misiewicz.
Spent his third season playing in Korea for the Samsung Lions...slugged 22 home runs, drove in 101 runs and batted .292 while appearing in 133 games... His 22 home runs were tied for sixth-most in the KBO while his 101 RBI were fifth-most in the league... Drew 80 walks, his highest total in any of his three seasons while playing in Korea...had a nearly 1:1 strikeoutto-walk ratio (80 walks, 87 strikeouts).
Completed his second season with Samsung of the KBO...clubbed 33 homers and had 125 RBI while hitting .330 in 137 games ... Ranked among the KBO leaders in homers (T-9th), RBI (T-2nd) and OPS (1.024, 3rd).
Played his first season in Korea with the Samsung Lions and led the league with 124 RBI...he batted .315 with 31 homers in 134 games ... His 31 homers were tied for sixth-most in the KBO ... Began the year in the Dodgers organization but was released by Los Angeles on February 18.
Began the year on Philadelphia's Major League roster and also spent time in Triple-A Lehigh Valley ... Appeared in 95 games for the IronPigs and batted .294 with 20 homers and 65 RBI ... Returned to the Majors on September 2 after being recalled by the Phillies and batted .308 with three homers in 12 games ... Acquired by Los Angeles-NL on November 11 along with OF Darnell Sweeney in exchange for IF Howie Kenrick.
Made the Phillies Opening Day roster...Hit .371 (36-97), .660 SLG % vs LHP; among NL players, T-4th in HR vs LHP (8)...Made 62 ML starts: 43 at first base and 19 in LF; started the final 17 games of the season...Slugged his first career pinch HR, 4/12 vs WSH (Xavier Cedeno)...Tied his career high with three hits twice, 5/4 at ATL and 9/1 at NYM...Had his first career walk-off hit (single), 6/2 vs CIN...Optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 6/13 and played in seven games before being recalled on 6/24 (Chase Utley DL'd)...Collected a career-high six RBI, 9/1 at NYM, which were the most by a Phillie in a single game since 6/28/13 (Delmon Young at LAD - 6 RBI)...Led the team in HR (6) and RBI (19) in September/October
Began the season on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain suffered during spring training; had a three-game rehab assignment with Clearwater (A) before being activated on 5/15 and assigned to Lehigh Valley (AAA)... Recalled on 5/21 and appeared in seven games before being optioned back to Lehigh Valley on 6/1... Was on the DL with a right knee laceration, 6/4-7/5; included a rehab assignment with Gulf Coast League Phillies (R), 6/30-7/5... Was recalled again on 7/22... Started 25 games between both stints: 13 in LF and 12 at first base... Made his first professional appearance at third base, 8/2 at WSH; played 1.0 inning there and collected an assist... Batted .282 (22-78), 8 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, .348 OBP, .500 SLG % in his 25 starts, including .316 (18-57) in his final 17 starts... Played for Licey of the Dominican Winter League
Among NL rookies, was T-2nd in HBP (7), T-4th in walks (33) and 5th in HR (14)... Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)... Reached base safely in 18 straight games, 4/22-5/15... Set a Lehigh Valley record with 12 total bases in a 9.0-inning game, 4/28 at Louisville (4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI)... Was recalled on 7/6 (Ryan Howard DL'd)... Reached base safely in his first 24 games, extending his streak to 33 consecutive games dating to 2012 (9/25/12-8/6/13; .408 OBP)... His on-base streak was the longest by a Phillie since Chase Utley's 33-game streak over the 2008 and 2009 seasons... Had the most HR (14) by a Phillies rookie since 2005 (Ryan Howard - 22)... His 9 HR in August were 1st in the NL and T-3rd in MLB and most by a Phillies rookie in a month since 2005 (Ryan Howard - 10 in September)... Following his recall on 7/6, led the Phillies in HR (14), XBH (25), total bases (115), walks (33), HBP (7), OBP (.348), SLG % (.458) and games (73)... Played RF for the 1st time in his professional career, 8/6 vs CHI... Made 70 starts for the Phillies: 28 at 1st base, 27 in RF and 15 in LF; for Lehigh Valley, played 59 games in LF and 19 at 1st base.
Named Eastern League MVP and Rookie of the Year... Was the starting 1st baseman for the Eastern Division Eastern League All-Star team (1-1, 2B, BB, R); also named
to EL postseason All-Star team... Led all minor league players in HR (38) and set a Reading
(AA) franchise record... Led the EL in RBI (104), SLG % (.620), XBH (71), total
bases (303) & OBP (.408), T-1st in games (139) & SF (11), ranked 2nd in AVG (.317) & runs (93), 3rd in hits (155) & walks (65), T-7th in doubles (32) and 9th in AB (489)
... Won the 2012 Joe Bauman Home Run Award as the top home run hitter in Minor League Baseball... Had 2 HR through his first 28 games and 36 HR through his final 111 games... Collected season highs in hits (5) and runs (4), 4/17 at Richmond (5-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 R)
... Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, 4/16-22 (.429, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI)
... Won Phillies Minor League Player of the Month honors for April (.378, 6 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
... Homered in 4 straight games, 5/6-10... Named EL Player of the Week, 5/7-13 (.455, 3 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI)... Had a season-high 6 RBI, 5/10 at New Britain... Had 3 multi-HR games: 5/22 at Harrisburg, 8/3 vs Binghamton and 8/13 vs Trenton... Made his 2nd professional pitching appearance, 7/3 vs New Hampshire (0.1 IP)... Named EL Player of the Month and Phillies Player of the Month for August (.371, 5 2B, 20 HR, 36 RBI, 13 BB, .451 OBP, .931 SLG %)... Became the 2nd known professional player to hit 20 HR in one calendar month, joining CHI's Sammy Sosa (June 1998)... Had a season-best 14-game hitting streak, 8/19-9/1 (.412, 21-51, 3 2B, 9 HR, 19 RBI)... Reached base safely in his final 24 minor league games,8/11-9/3 (.438 OBP); final 28 games including postseason (.426 OBP)... Hit .214 (3-14), 2B, HR, RBI, 3 BB in 4 EL playoff games... Had his contract selected by the Phillies on 9/10... Made his ML debut as a pinch-hitter, 9/14 at HOU (0-1)... Homered for his 1st ML hit, 9/25 vs WSH (Ross Detwiler); became the 20th player in Phillies history to homer for
his 1st ML hit and the 3rd active Phillie (Utley & Mayberry)... Had his 1st ML multi-HR game, 10/2 at WSH... Hit .421 (8-19), 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.053 SLG % in 6 games vs WSH
... Of his 11 ML hits, 6 went for extra bases (2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, .727 SLG %) ... After the season, played for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League (32 G, 8 2B, 10 HR, 27 RBI).
Spent entire season with Clearwater (A)...Led Florida State League in doubles and total bases (245), 2nd in hits, 3rd in SLG % (.506), 4th in RBI and T-5th in games...Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, 7/4-10...Collected a season-high 5 RBI, 4/26 at Tampa...Homered in 3 consecutive games, 7/23-25...Reached base safely in 18 straight games, 7/31-8/20, which included a season-long 13 game hitting streak...Batted .366 (37-101) with 23 RBI over 29 games in July...Clubbed 13 of his 17 HR after the All-Star break...Hit .343 with RISP (47-137)...Batted .358 vs LHP (44-123)...Pitched 2.0 innings of relief during a franchise-record 23.0-inning game at Jupiter, 5/23 (2-1 loss)...Also appeared in games at 1st base, 3rd base and LF...Played for Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League.
Began season with Lakewood (A)...Had aseason-high 5 hits, 5/12 at Greenville, and was promoted to Clearwater the following day...Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, 5/24-30....T-2nd in FSL in doubles...Hit .326 (45-138) vs LHP between both levels.
Began pro career with Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)...Transferred to Williamsport (A), 7/25...Participated in Florida Instructional League.