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Darin Ruf
Birthdate: 7/28/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/220     Position: 1B/OF
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 20, Pick: 26, Overall: 617, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Ruf signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Korea Baseball Organization's Samsung Lions on Friday, Yonhap News Agency reports. (2/17/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: The Ruf Rider is perhaps best known for his ludicrously successful 2015 campaign in which he posted a 1.107 OPS in 114 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. Last season went... less well. He was rough at the plate and was not particularly good against southpaws (only 30 plate appearances). Ruf is a platoon bat with extreme pull rates. The Dodgers acquired him this offseason as part of the "haul" for Howie Kendrick. Los Angeles struggled mightily against left-handed pitching last season. Having a weapon with Ruf's skill set could help to counteract those late-inning LOOGYs while giving an aging Adrian Gonzalez a couple extra days of rest. Given Ruf's defensive indifference, it's far from guaranteed that he'll make the Opening Day roster. That leaves him in fantasy irrelevance. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: The first Google result for Rough Rider quotes included the following: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Sound advice for the Ruf Rider. He should mash left-handed pitchers with his beefy frame in Los Angeles, but he is unlikely to be a fantasy contributor.

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