Aumont with the Philadelphia Phillies
January 7, 1989 |
|August 23, 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||6.13|
Phillippe Aumont (born January 7, 1989) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners 11th overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He is the third earliest Canadian pick (after Adam Loewen and Jeff Francis, both picked in 2002) and the first Quebec player to be picked in the first round in MLB draft history.
As a child his first love was baseball. He played baseball in high school at École secondaire du Versant in Gatineau, Quebec. Aumont was 15 years old when his hometown Montreal Expos left for Washington D.C. after the 2004 season, but still supported the team despite playing in a new location.
In September 2003, Phillipe Aumont left his father's place to go live with his coach, Stéphane Pétronzio, and his family of three children.
Phillippe was drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the 11th overall pick of the 2007 amateur draft. On August 15, 2007, Aumont reached a deal with the Mariners and signed a contract which included a $1.9 million signing bonus.
Phillippe Aumont appeared in 15 games; starting eight, for the Seattle Mariners A level affiliate, posting a 2.75 era over 552⁄3 innings with 50 strikeouts versus 19 walks. He also began his professional career by not allowing a run in his first six appearances over 172⁄3 innings pitched. He was placed on the disabled list on June 10 and again on August 21, where he remained for the rest of the season.
Aumont began the 2009 baseball season with the High Desert Mavericks, the Seattle Mariners Advanced A affiliate. Because he continued not to produce as hoped, the Seattle organization decided to begin converting Aumont into a reliever. In 29 appearances he posted a 3.24 ERA with 12 saves as the Mavericks closer, earning a promotion to the Mariners AA affiliate in mid-July. AA ball proved too hard for the Canadian, as he posted a 5.09 ERA and compiled a 1-4 record. The following season he was sent back down to single A.
2009 World Baseball Classic
Phillippe Aumont pitched for team Canada in the 2009 WBC, appearing in the 7th inning against team U.S.A. on March 7. He struggled early, giving up two hits and a walk, before settling down. He then proceeded to retire MLB all-stars David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, and Curtis Granderson in order; the last two by strikeout, to escape the inning with no runs surrendered.
Aumont started in the Phillies organization with the double-A Reading Phillies, where he lost six games and won one, with an ERA of 7.43. He also struggled with hitting batters and wild pitches, resulting in him being moved back to the bullpen. He was sent down the high-A Clearwater Threshers in early June.
Aumont split time between AA and AAA. Despite a 2-5 record, Aumont posted a solid 2.68 ERA in 43 games while improving his control.
Aumont was promoted to the Phillies on August 20, 2012. He made his Major League debut on August 23, 2012, pitching a scoreless inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Aumont finished the season in the Phillies bullpen, appearing in 18 games while recording 2 saves.
On May 23, Aumont was demoted to the triple-A affiliate of the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Aumont struggled with command throughout the season, inducing 51 walks while striking out 61 between AAA and the Majors.
On June 1, Aumont was recalled by the Phillies; Aumont pitched in his first game back on the roster and took the loss.  Aumont appeared in just 5 games for the Phillies, posting an egregious ERA of over 10.
During the 2015 season, Aumont transitioned back to a starter for the first time since 2010. Through his first 8 games (4 starts), Aumont's ERA was at 1.36 in 33 innings.
Aumont is a typical "power" pitcher: a pitcher with a hard fastball and sharp breaking ball whose goal is to strike out as many batters as possible. Standing 6 feet 7 inches (201 cm) and weighing 255 pounds (116 kg), Aumont throws a 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. He has also thrown a changeup on occasion. During the 2014 offseason, Aumont commented that he has "always idolized" Randy Johnson, who is 6 feet 10 inches (208 cm) tall:
"This offseason I was looking around a little bit. What I've heard and what you can see [from the stats] is that he didn't really get through his wild stage until he was [almost 30]. So that's why when I go to bed at night I'm like, 'You know what? I still might be struggling with mechanics. I still might not be able to consistently get the corner I want or get the result of the pitch that I want. But if I keep working it will come to me and eventually I'll get it. Some guys get it really early. Some guys get it later. That's just how it works."—Aumont, February 21, 2014
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