Darin Ruf, a member of the Creighton baseball team from 2006-09, has been added to the 40-man roster for the Philadelphia Phillies. Ruf is expected to be in a Major League uniform for tonight’s home game vs. Florida.
Ruf learned the news Sunday afternoon, making the jump from Double-A Reading after being named Eastern League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. Ruf led all of minor league baseball with 38 home runs in 2012, and led the Eastern League in home runs, RBI (104), total bases (303), on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.620) and OPS (1.028). He was also second in batting average (.317), third in hits (155) and seventh in doubles (32).
Ruf becomes CU’s 20th Major Leaguer, and is likely to become the first to debut since Kevin Frederick in 2002. Ruf could also be the first big leaguer from Creighton to appear in a Major League game since Mike Mahoney on Sept. 24, 2005. Mahoney is also the last Bluejay to get a hit in the Majors, as he homered off Mark Prior on Aug. 14, 2005 before going hitless in his final four games with St. Louis.