Category Archives: August 2012

Can The Pirates Develop Jesse Biddle Into A Major League Pitcher?

I have no doubt that Jesse Biddle will come back from Tommy John surgery and pitch in the major leagues in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It will not be the first time the Pirates organization has turned a pitcher’s … Continue reading

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“Once In A Blue Moon” Does A Phillies Reliever At Any Level End A Game With A 101 MPH Swinging Strike Three Pitch

Finally the month of August 2012 came to an end.  As the saying goes some things happen only “Once in a Blue Moon” as in  only very rare circumstances.  Like Phillies farmhand Darin Ruf hitting 20 home runs in August … Continue reading

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The Phillies Minor League Twins: Darin Ruf and Jim Murphy

Well Darin “Babe” Ruf did it again.  He not only broke Ryan Howard’s all time Reading Phillies single season home run record with his 38th home run of the season but he tied a major league record with his 20th … Continue reading

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Darin Ruf So Close To The Eastern League Triple Crown And Tyler Cloyd Gets A Major League Quality Start

Two for two  in Wednesday night’s game brought Darin Ruf’s batting average to .320, just two points shy of the Eastern League batting lead.  He is trying to catch a Pirate farmhand who has not been in the league for … Continue reading

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Tonight the R- Phillies “Babe” Ruf Passed Babe Ruth for Home Runs In A Month

Back in 1927 Babe Ruth needed to hit 17 home runs in the month of September to break his then all time home run single season record of 59 set in 1921.  For Ruth it went down to the final … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong, Cody “Smasche” Asche and Darin “Babe” Ruf For the R-Phillies

What a great game I watch Tuesday night.  The Reading Phillies won 11-9 with power and timely hitting in Harrisburg.  The Washington Nationals farmhands kept coming back and Cody “Smasche” Ashe and Darin “Babe” Ruf with the long balls would … Continue reading

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Let’s Project A September Phillies Outfield of Ruf, Gillies and Brown

Every time I go to a minor league ball game I like to project which players on the field might play one day in the major leagues or even what they might do at the next level.  Sunday afternoon Baseball … Continue reading

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Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan and Austin Wright: Three Of The Best Young Lefthanded Starters In Minor League Baseball

The best part of this season for those of us who follow the Phillies minor league system has been watching the starting pitching performances of the three best young left-handed starters in minor league baseball who were on one staff … Continue reading

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Phillies No. 1 Draft Pick Shane Watson Impressive In Striking Out the Side Against Yankee Rookies

Read Adam Morgan’s update from last night below: One of the fun aspects of following minor league baseball is following the development of young pitching.  This week will be viewed as important marker in the status of the young starting … Continue reading

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The Phillies Have Pop In The Reading Lineup With Nebraskans Cody Asche and Darin Ruf.

Last night I decided to kick back, watch some of the Olympics and listen to the Reading Phillies game against the Binghamton Mets on the internet.   Gymnastics and track and field were okay and you have to take a peek … Continue reading

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