Out on the Robin Roberts auxiliary field, in the shadow of Highway 19, Darin Ruf tracked down fly balls in left field. Earlier in the morning, he took ground balls at first base. That’s how it’s gone for him in spring training. One day he’ll start in the infield and then move to the outfield later on, the next day he reverses it.

“I’m just trying to get as much in as I can,” Ruf said. “But I’m keeping them separate. I might take ground balls early and then fly balls after. It might be switched the next day. I want to get as much work in at both as I can.”

A year ago, Ruf slugged his way to the Major Leagues. In 139 games at Double-A Reading, he hit .317/.408/.620 with 38 home runs and 104 RBIs. Those numbers helped Ruf skip Triple-A altogether and land with the Phillies as an end of the season call-up.

It took a while before Charlie Manuel finally put him into a game, but when Ruf finally got a look he surprised some people. Ruf had 37 plate appearances in 12 games and hit .333/.351/.727 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBIs.