Darin Ruf

Darin Ruf

36-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Darin Ruf in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Giants in March of 2022. Traded to the Mets in August of 2022. Contract includes $3.5 million team option ($250,000 buyout) for 2024.
Back for wild-card round
OFNew York Mets
October 7, 2022
Ruf (neck) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday and is on the roster for the Mets' NL Wild Card Series against the Padres, Deesha Thosar of Fox Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Ruf spent the final week of the season on the shelf with a neck strain, but he's back with the team for the start of the playoffs. The 36-year-old had a .152/.216/.197 slash line in 29 games for the Mets and will provide depth at first base and the corner outfield.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
20
1
7
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
8
9
10
12
2
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .868 387 50 22 56 2 .250 .359 .509
Since 2020vs Right .690 409 54 10 50 3 .229 .330 .360
2022vs Left .753 183 27 9 27 1 .222 .322 .430
2022vs Right .548 205 25 2 18 1 .188 .293 .256
2021vs Left 1.007 140 17 9 21 1 .283 .414 .593
2021vs Right .824 172 24 7 22 1 .262 .360 .463
2020vs Left .905 64 6 4 8 0 .263 .344 .561
2020vs Right .871 32 5 1 10 1 .321 .406 .464
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
Even Split
2022
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+39%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .774 440 58 16 58 3 .244 .341 .433
Since 2020Away .777 360 46 16 48 2 .232 .350 .427
2022Home .715 214 32 7 28 2 .233 .318 .397
2022Away .555 174 20 4 17 0 .166 .293 .262
2021Home .768 171 20 5 19 1 .245 .363 .406
2021Away 1.067 141 21 11 24 1 .303 .411 .655
2020Home 1.017 55 6 4 11 0 .286 .364 .653
2020Away .720 45 5 1 7 1 .263 .378 .342
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Stat Review
How does Darin Ruf compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
11.6%
 
K Rate
27.1%
 
BABIP
.258
 
ISO
.135
 
AVG
.204
 
OBP
.307
 
SLG
.338
 
OPS
.645
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
Expected BA
.219
 
Expected SLG
.371
 
Sprint Speed
22.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.4%
 
Line Drive %
18.1%
 
Fly Ball %
40.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In just around 300 plate appearances, Ruf had a good 2021 season while on the short side of the Giants' outfield and first-base platoons. Over his career, he's dominated lefties (.940 OPS vs .696 OPS against righties), and that trend continued last season (1.007 OPS vs .824 OPS). It was frustrating to roster him in weekly lineup leagues since he sat half of the time. With PA being king in shallow leagues, he needs to remain on the waiver wire except for those few weeks when the Giants face five lefties. In daily lineup leagues, he was productive because he could be shuffled in and out of the lineup whenever he started. It's tough to value platoon bats because if they see more of the pitcher handedness they struggle against, their batting average will take a hit, but their counting stats will go up. Unless it's an NL-only or a draft-and-hold league, he can probably be left alone as fantasy managers need to be taking shots at full-time bats on draft day.
Following three seasons with the Samsung Lions of the KBO, Ruf returned stateside last year on a minor-league deal with the Giants. He was mashing before spring training was paused and showed enough in summer camp to secure a spot on the expanded Opening Day roster. Of Ruf's 24 starts in 2020, 22 came against left-handed pitching as the outfielder was firmly stuck on the short side of a platoon. The improved patience Ruf displayed in the KBO carried over, and Ruf fared surprisingly well in his limited exposure to righty pitching, but it was 35 PA without the platoon edge -- not enough of a sample to draw any meaningful conclusions. At age 34 (35 this summer), Ruf is unlikely to break out, but those ahead of him on the Giants' roster are old too and Ruf could be an injury or two away from more regular playing time.
Ruf opened last season in a platoon with Ryan Howard at first base. He failed to capitalize on Howard's early-season struggles by also getting off to a slow start at the dish. By mid-May he was headed back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and any chance of a return to the majors was thrown out the window by the emergence of Tommy Joseph at first base. Ruf did produce while back in Triple-A, hitting 20 home runs and crushing lefties to the tune of a .331 average and 1.013 OPS. He likely deserves another shot as a platoon option at first base, and he may get that chance with the Dodgers, who acquired him from the Phillies this offseason and could deploy him to rest Adrian Gonzalez against tough southpaws. He could also work his way into the short side of a left field platoon if Andrew Toles does not pick up where he left off in 2016.
Ruf saw limited action for the Phillies early last season, but benefited from increased playing time once the team benched Ryan Howard against lefties. Ruf was deserving of a shot as Howard's platoon partner after hitting .295 with three home runs and a .916 OPS against lefties in 2014. He was even more potent against lefties last season with a .371 average, eight home runs and a 1.107 OPS in 97 at-bats. The problem for Ruf is his struggles against righties when given opportunities. The Phillies will likely open the year with Howard and Ruf in a platoon again. If they can find a taker for Howard at some point, the team could give Ruf a shot as a regular at first. That makes him an interesting sleeper in leagues that go deep into the player pool.
Ruf was able to log some at-bats in the majors last season despite missing time with an oblique injury and a small fracture in his wrist. Manager Ryne Sandberg had planned to give Ruf a look at first base in place of the struggling Ryan Howard around midseason before Phillies management stepped in and forced him to reverse course. Instead, Ruf was used to occasionally platoon at first and in left. He was productive against lefties with three home runs and a .916 OPS in 61 at-bats, and should enter this season with a chance to fill a similar platoon role. Ruf did have some success against righties in 2013, and perhaps deserves a shot beyond a platoon role, but his defensive limitations and the current construction of the Phillies' roster will likely preclude him from receiving that shot.
Ruf joined the Phillies in July after Ryan Howard was lost for the season with a knee injury. He saw time at first base and in left field before the Phils turned right field over to him following the release of Delmon Young. Ruf hit 14 home runs in his 251 at-bats, displaying the power production that put him on the prospect radar in 2012, when he hit 38 home runs at Double-A. His .247 average last season was OK, but that was inflated a bit thanks to a slightly high BABIP. His low contact rate and lofty strikeout rate mean that his batting average will likely be a liability. Ruf enters the 2014 season as a reserve after the Phillies signed Marlon Byrd to be their everyday right fielder. It is not ideal for Ruf's value entering the season, but he could see plenty of playing time if Howard or Byrd miss time in 2014. Even if both stay healthy, Ruf should be able to accumulate around 300 at-bats by making occasional starts in the corner-outfield spots, first base, and as a DH during interleague play.
Ruf earned the nickname "Babe" last season after crushing 38 home runs for Double-A Reading as a 26-year-old. He received a cup of coffee in September and hit three home runs in 33 at-bats with the Phillies. Ruf then went on to play in the Venezuelan Winter League where he continued to hit bombs at an impressive rate. The Phillies are working to convert Ruf to left field as he is blocked at first base by Ryan Howard. Reviews of his defense have been mixed thus far, but the Phillies have seen enough promise to continue with the conversion. Ruf has always been old for his level in the minors since being drafted out of Creighton in 2009. That raises some red flags about his ability to keep hitting in the majors. The Phillies are expected to give Ruf a chance to earn a roster spot this spring. He'll be an interesting sleeper if he wins a job.
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Could return this weekend
OFNew York Mets
Neck
October 5, 2022
Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Ruf (neck) will be an option for this weekend's NL Wild Card Series against the Padres, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on 10-day IL
OFNew York Mets
Neck
September 30, 2022
Ruf was placed on the 10-day injured list with a neck strain Friday, retroactive to Sept. 27.
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Draws start versus lefty
OFNew York Mets
August 31, 2022
Ruf will serve as the Mets' designated hitter and No. 5 batter in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.
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Sent to Mets on Tuesday
OFNew York Mets
August 2, 2022
The Mets acquired Ruf from the Giants on Tuesday in exchange for designated hitter J.D. Davis and minor-league pitchers Thomas Szapucki, Carson Seymour and Nick Zwack, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Back on bench versus righty
OFSan Francisco Giants
July 27, 2022
Ruf is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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