Scouting Phils Prospect #10: Phillippe Aumont

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Phillippe Aumont came to the Phillies as part of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. That trade has been ripped apart pretty well, but it's actually starting to show dividends and Aumont is a key reason.

Phillippe Aumont

Position: Right-handed reliever
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Birthday/Age: January 7, 1989 (24)
Ht/Wt: 6' 7", 260 pounds

How he became a Phillie: Acquired from the Seattle Mariners along with P J.C. Ramirez and OF Tyson Gillies on December 16, 2009 for P Cliff Lee.

Repertoire: Hard stuff. That's basically what you need to know about Phillippe Aumont. He's got an upper-90s fastball that has late sink to it and can be like hitting a bowling ball with a Whiffle Ball bat. He also throws a good curve that has some heat to it and a tight break that can keep hitters off balance. If Aumont could improve on his change-up, he would be much more effective, because hitters wouldn't be able to simply look for hard stuff, but the change-up isn't coming around for him.

Aumont's 2013 League Comparison

STAT INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE AVERAGE AUMONT'S STATS
ERA 3.91 4.26
WHIP 1.36 1.53
H/9 IP 8.8 6.9
HR/9 IP 0.8 0.6
BB/9 IP 3.5 6.9
K/9 IP 7.4 12.0
K/BB 2.2 1.7
WP/9 IP 0.5 3.0

Scouting Report: It's all about consistency and command with Aumont. He has the problem that a lot of tall pitchers have in repeating their mechanics pitch after pitch. That and just a general lack of command make it difficult for Aumont to consistently throw strikes, but if he puts things together, he'll be a dominating type pitcher with potential closer stuff.

The Phillies admitted a mistake with Aumont when they rushed him to Double-A Reading in 2010 and put him into the starting rotation. His stuff wasn't deep enough to be a starter and he wasn't ready to pitch at the Double-A level, making it a recipe for disaster. After 11 starts with the R-Phils - as they were known then - Aumont was dropped down to High-A Clearwater and split his time between the rotation and the bullpen. The next season was basically a do-over, with Aumont returning to Reading to start the season, but strictly as a reliever. By the end of the season, he was at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and had himself back on track.

Ceiling: It is not at all out of the question that Aumont could eventually work himself into a closer role. He's got the mentality for it and if he gains command, he'll have the weapons for the role. Adding Mike Adams to the Phillies bullpen could be a God-send for Aumont, because he won't be needed as much in the late innings and he'll have another veteran brain to pick while spending time in the bullpen.

ETA: Aumont had a taste of the majors in 2012 and is in a pretty good spot to return to the Phillies bullpen to open the 2013 season. If not, it's likely that he'll at least share the closer's role at Lehigh Valley, while he continues to work on his command.

Phillippe Aumont's career major league stats

Year Team W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 SO/BB
2012 Philadelphia 0 1 3.68 18 3 2 14.2 10 6 6 0 9 14 1.295 6.1 0.0 1.56
1 Yr 0 1 3.68 18 3 2 14.2 10 6 6 0 9 14 1.295 6.1 0.0 1.56
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2013.

 

Phillippe Aumont's career minor league stats

YearTeamWLERAGGSSVIPHRERWHIPH/9HR/9SO/BB
2008Wisconsin (A)442.75158255.24622171.1687.40.62.63
2009High Desert (A+)123.242901233.12414121.0806.50.82.92
2009West Tenn (AA)145.09150417.22115101.81110.70.52.18
2009combined stats263.884401651.04529221.3337.90.72.57
2010Clearwater254.481610172.17441361.6049.20.71.83
2010Reading167.431111049.25545411.87210.00.71.00
2010combined stats3115.6827211122.012986771.7139.50.71.44
2011Reading152.32250431.0231681.0976.70.63.73
2011Lehigh Valley103.18180322.221981.5448.30.02.64
2011combined stats252.68430753.24425161.2867.40.33.12
2012Lehigh Valley314.264101544.13423211.5346.90.61.74
5 Seasons14274.221702941326.22981851531.4668.20.61.99
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/28/2013.


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