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Phillies Nation Player Review: Phillippe Aumont

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, October 13, 2013 05:06 PM | Comments: 6
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At 6-7, 260 pounds, and with a power fastball, Phillippe Aumont was supposed to be a power pitcher. Instead, he has become a walk machine who is struggling mightily with control and composure on the mound.

Aumont, 24, still has a future ahead of him as a pitcher who throws hard. He’ll be given chances to prove he belongs. But how many more will he get with the Phillies?

In 22 games with the Phils in 2013, Aumont allowed literally tons of baserunners. His 1.91 ERA was the 13th worst in baseball for relievers with at least 10 innings pitched. Aumont tossed 19.1 innings, allowing 11 runs and 11.2 hits-per-nine. He fanned 19 batters, but walked 13.

Aumont was thought of as a possible seventh inning pitcher with Chad Durbin to begin the year; a powerful arm that could shorten the game with his 95+ fastball. In my own head, I believed that Aumont was a future closer of the franchise. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out.

Early in the season, amid his struggles, Rich Dubee questioned his mental fortitude. In September, while other players were being called up, Aumont was left behind. He called the season complete garbage. Assistant GM Benny Looper said, “we thought at some point in the season he would be a dominating guy for us in the bullpen. He didn’t get to that point. We haven’t given up on him getting to that point — and I don’t think he has.”

Grade: F – I thought Aumont would have taken flight this year. Instead, he has taken a step back.

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  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Yes, he was bad this year. But relief pitchers are often subject to these wide swings in performance. The folly is believing that because a player has one good year, they will equal that performance next year. Aumont still could be a force for the Phillies. He was fantastic for a while in 2012 and was a key factor in the Phillies great run in September of that year. I hope he will deliver for the team in 2014.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Yeah, agreed. It didn’t work out in 2013, but it’s way too early to say he won’t be a future closer, which is how I read this:

      “In my own head, I believed that Aumont was a future closer of the franchise. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out.”

      It’s possible though that the Phillies will give up on him before he gets another chance.

       
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    Aumont will go to Kansas City or Houston or San Diego where there is no pressure on him and there he will flourish. Dubee’s assessment of Aumont might be one of the few times I agree with him.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    He needs to get his mental state in order first. Many times by his body language i could tell he had giving up was frustrated or whatever the case maybe. I do think he deserves another shot with the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob D

    another arm thrown into the mix

     
  • Posts: 0 BetaSigmaDeltaShag

    I still think Aumont can be a dominant relief pitcher he just has to get his head in the game and get control of that fastball. Hopefully someone this winter will get him to understand that a 93 MPH located is more effective than a 95 MPH not located properly

     
 
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