By Totals 4 U
Hello, Sports Fans! Welcome to the latest edition in our “Young Guns” series. Typically we look at the young pitchers near the open of their Major League careers to give you the jump. This is a departure. Aumont makes his first career MLB start Friday but – unless successful – may signal the beginning of the end of his Big League aspirations…
Let’s go all the way back to the 2007 Draft when this Quebecois was taken 11th overall by the Mariners. A big beast of an 18-year-old rightie, some 6’7″ and 260 pounds now, as wild as he was powerful, plucked from Gatineau, Canada and certainly intriguing enough for a $1.9 million signing bonus.
Opened his professional career without allowing a run over his first 17 2/3 innings of A-ball, recorded a 2.75 ERA for the 2008 season, matching 19 walks with 50 strikeouts over 55 2/3.
He has now been chasing that success through 2 organizations, 9 cities, and for nearly 8 years.
Sky-high walk and hit batsmen numbers plus an inability to progress to starter sent him to the Phillies organization…where it continued with a 7.43 ERA in 2010 at Reading – his last season as a starter until this year.
Done like a doughnut? Not so fast. Just then Aumont’s potential reared it’s seductive head again with a strong 2011 posting a 2.68 ERA between AA and AAA including a huge BB/K turnaround to 25/78.
Time for the Big Leagues! Stints in 2012, 2013, and 2014 piled up a 6.13 ERA with 6.1 walks per 9 innings, completely taking the shine off his eye-popping 8.8 strikeouts per 9. Last season he put in 5 appearances for the hopeful Phillies and was shelled for 12 earned over 5 2/3 innings.
WHAT WE THINK: Phillippe Aumont gets his first career MLB start Friday against the Cardinals. First of all, this move was made in an overabundance of caution to protect the value of Cole Hamels (hamstring tweak) 6 weeks before the trade deadline. Secondly, Aumont is again teasing this season starting for the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs with a 2.35 ERA. Thirdly, we hope Phillippe proves us wrong, but we wouldn’t put the IRS’s money in this “kid”.
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