27-year old righty swinging Cameron Rupp was named the starting catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies after spring training, but 37-year old righty swinging Carlos Ruiz isn’t giving up his gig without a fight. Ruiz has played in 2 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3 for 7 (.429 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Ruiz played in 86 games for the Phillies last year and he was only 60 for 284 (.211 avg, .575 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 2 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base. It’s not like Rupp tore the cover off the ball last year either. He played in 81 games for the Phillies last year in which he was 63 of 270 (.233 avg, .675 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 9 homers and 28 RBIs. Rupp has played in 2 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .375 OPS) with a double and five whiffs. Let’s face it, the Phillies aren’t going anywhere in 2016 and neither Ruiz or Rupp are the catchers of the future for them, so why not roll with the hot hand? If Ruiz can re-establish himself as a legit starting type catcher, the Phillies could get something for him at the trade deadline.