Phillippe Aumont, best known as the centerpiece of everyone’s favorite Cliff Lee-to-Seattle-trade, has been demoted to Single-A Clearwater.
Aumont was drafted in the first round (11th overall) of the 2007 draft by the Mariners, who made him a starter before realizing he was better suited in relief.
The Phillies, upon trading for him, tried to convert him back to a starter to many a scout’s dismay. The results were not pretty at Double-A Reading – in eleven starts, Aumont was 1-6 with a 7.43 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.
Aumont allowed 55 hits and 38 walks in 49 2/3 innings, while striking out 38. He also threw six wild pitches and hit six batters. Not the best of control…
Now, Aumont will report to Clearwater in hopes of gaining confidence and fine-tuning some “delivery issues,” as stated by Phillies assistant director of minor league operations, Steve Noworyta.
Aumont’s still young – only four months older than me at the ripe age of 21. If he cannot get it together at Clearwater, the Phillies will be the last to realize that the 6’6″ righty is probably more valuable as a late-reliever than anything else.