Sunday, April 3, 2016

2016 Topps Heritage #47 Darin Ruf

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Phillies Futures Game 2 - Saturday Afternoon, April 2nd in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  The current Phillies came from behind against the future Phillies, capped by a Cesar Hernandez walk-off single in the ninth.

What It Means:  The current Phillies won both games against the team comprised of the franchise's top prospects.  What would have been the fall-out if the future Phillies had absolutely blown away the current team in both games?

The Phillies now head to Cincinnati where they'll open the season on Monday afternoon.

What Happened:  Darin Ruf capped his fantastic spring with a pair of hits and three RBIs, and it was his double in the bottom of the ninth that tied up the ballgame.  Nick Williams and Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phillies Futures team.  Dylan Cozens had the defensive play of the game, firing a cannon from right field to nail Freddy Galvis in a play at the plate.

Featured Card:  Ruf enters the season in a platoon at first base with Ryan Howard.  I have to imagine though that if Ruf keeps swinging a hot bat (and if Howard's bat stays quiet) we could see a lot more of Ruf this season.  This is card from the recently released Topps Heritage set.

Camp Head Count:  32 - 7 = 25 - And we're done.  As expected, the Phillies placed five players on the disabled list to start the season.  Pitcher Michael Mariot and outfielder Cody Asche go on the 15-day DL, while pitchers Matt Harrison and Mario Hollands along with outfielder Aaron Altherr go on the 60-day DL.

I must have missed any official announcement concerning non-roster pitchers Frank Herrmann and Yoervis Medina.  I know both have been hampered by injuries this spring, so I can only assume they've both been sent to extended spring training in Clearwater.

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