Phillipe Aumont was brought in to the Phillies organization to replace prospect Kyle Drabeck who was traded to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay.
Phillies fans would be foolish to hope Aumont could fill the void as a fifth starter or a guy to call up in the event one of the team’s starters are to be injured during the upcoming 2010 season.
Aumont began the 2009 baseball season with the High Desert Mavericks, the Seattle Mariners advanced single A affiliate. Due to injury concerns which arose in the 2008 season, the Mariners decided to begin converting Aumont into a reliever, hoping that doing so would speed up his development and allow him to reach the Majors’ faster. Aumont posted a 3.24 ERA in 29 appearances as the Maverick’s closer, saving 12 games, before being promoted to the Mariner’s AA affiliate in mid-July.
Aumont’s stats in Double A were far from impressive, in 15 games he was 1-4 with a 5.09 earned run average, Aumont also blew a few saves.
He missed time with a broken left hand when he punched a wall following a blown save. He made up some time in the Arizona Fall League, where he gave up 19 hits and eight walks in 12 innings, but also struck out 18.
Aumont is a typical “power” pitcher. He is 6′7″ and 225 pounds, his fastball in the mid 90s, reaching the upper 90s on occasion, with late movement. His breaking pitch is a “power slurve” which moves more like a curveball and has been clocked in the high 70s to low 80s.