Bits: Power sources for home stretch
September, 26, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
• Philadelphia Phillies first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf smacked his first big league home run Tuesday, and he could be a source of power the final week and perhaps in 2013. Ruf hit .317 with a surprising 38 home runs at Double-A Reading this season. He's a bit past prospect status at 26, but power is power, and NL-only owners should not ignore potential helpers.
• Similarly, Cleveland Indians designated hitter/first baseman Russ Canzler isn't a prospect, but he homered for the second consecutive game Tuesday, adding a single and double. Canzler, the 2011 International League MVP, has shown power in the minors and could bloom late in the majors, especially against left-handed pitching.