Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday.
Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game. Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen.
Ruffin, a University of Texas product, was just promoted to Triple-A Toledo at the end of last month. He had a 2.00 ERA and seven saves in eight appearances there, and he was 3-3 with 17 saves, a 2.09 ERA and a 55/20 K/BB ratio in 43 innings for the season.
Chance is following the same path to the majors as his father, Bruce Ruffin, who was taken in the second round out of the University of Texas in 1985 and reached the majors just a year later. Bruce went on to amass a 4.19 ERA and 63 saves in 12 big-league seasons.
Chance Ruffin joins the White Sox’s Chris Sale as the only 2010 draft products currently in the majors.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.