While nothing is definite in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes, reports have the Phillies getting a couple of prospects in the deal to ease the pain of some of the prospects they'll be losing. One potential addition is Seattle prospect Phillippe Aumont.
has never been as highly touted as Kyle Drabek
, the wunderkind that the Phillies apparently have had to include to make the deal for Roy Halladay
work. He also has a very different background than Drabek.
While Drabek came from a strong family with major league pitcher Doug Drabek as his famous father, Aumont spent part of his youth in foster care. Baseball was a tool that Aumont used to keep himself strong and out of trouble.
Phillippe Aumont Notebook
|Born: January 7, 1989
At 6' 7", 220 pounds, Phillippe Aumont is an imposing figure on
the mound. He battled a sore elbow in 2008, but has shown no ill-effects
of the injury since.
How quickly can Aumont be in the majors? He's likely at least a
couple of years away.
Best Pitch: 95 mph fastball that he spots low in the zone. It's one
of those pitches that hitters describe as "heavy".
After all, there was plenty of trouble that Aumont could have gotten into, growing up in a pretty tough area just outside of Ottawa. He has admitted that he was headed toward a typical kid's life in the town of Gatineau; drugs and other things that never end up good. Instead, baseball helped to keep him away from those things and channel his abilities to where he was able to be picked by the Mariners with the 11th overall pick in the 2007 Draft.
At 6' 7" and 220 pounds, Aumont is an intimidating figure on the mound and fits the perfect mold that the Phillies have for a pitcher. In 2008, Aumont missed about two months of the season with a sore elbow and was limited to eight starts and seven relief appearances in the Midwest League (Low-A Level) in his first professional season. He was healthy in 2009 and started the season at the High-A level, but moved to Double-A in June. He converted 16 of 21 save opportunities, but it will be interesting to see if the Phillies will hope that he can be more of a replacement for Kyle Drabek and return to starting, where he would ultimately be more valuable to the Phillies.
Aumont gained some attention in the World Baseball Classic in a battle with Mets third baseman David Wright. With the bases loaded, Aumont was able to shatter Wright's bat and get a nice little infield pop-up from the major leaguer. After the game, Wright commended the Canadian pitcher for how he battled him and for how good his pitches and poise were.
Aumont throws a good, hard 95 mile per hour fastball that is generally down in the zone and has good downward movement. His curve and change-up are getting better - especially his curve - and could both be potent weapons for him before too long. The curve has the potential to be a true out-pitch for him. The last pitch to start to develop for Aumont is his change, which needs the most work and will probably always just be a pitch used to keep hitters honest and show them a different look.
Even with the work that he needs on his secondary pitches, there are scouting reports that put Aumont at the top of a rotation in the majors before all is said and done. His relief efforts have been good, but it's likely that the Phillies will look to move him back to the rotation either at Clearwater or Reading in 2010.
Phillippe Aumont career stats
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