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Phillippe Aumont

Phillippe Aumont
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 48
Pitcher
Born: (1989-01-07) January 7, 1989 (age 25)
Gatineau, Quebec
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 23, 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 1–4
Earned run average 3.97
Strikeouts 33
WHIP 1.65
Teams

Phillippe Aumont is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners 11th overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He is the third earliest Canadian pick (after Adam Loewen and Jeff Francis, both picked in 2002)[2] and the first Quebec player to be picked in the first round in MLB draft history.[3]

Early life

As a child his first love was baseball.[4] 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.

Family life

In September 2003, Phillipe Aumont left his father's place to go live with his coach, Stéphane Pétronzio, and his family of three children.

Professional

Seattle Mariners

Draft

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.[5]

2008

Phillippe Aumont appeared in 15 games; starting eight, for the Seattle Mariners A level affiliate, posting a 2.75 era over 55 innings with 50 strikeouts versus 19 walks. He also began his professional career by not allowing a run in his first six appearances over 17 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.

2009

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.

On December 16, Seattle cut their ties with him and he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Tyson Gillies and J. C. Ramírez for Cliff Lee.[6][7]

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.

Philadelphia Phillies

2010

Aumont started in the Phillies organization with the double-A Reading Phillies, where he lost six games and won one, with a high 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.

2011

The 2011 season brought success for Aumont, who posted 2.32 ERA in AA Reading, finishing the season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

2012

Aumont was promoted to the Phillies on August 20, 2012.[8] He made his Major League debut on August 23, 2012, pitching a scoreless inning against the Cincinnati Reds.

2013

On May 23, Aumont was demoted to the triple-A affiliate of the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[9]

Pitching

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 6'7" and weighing 255 pounds, 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.[10]

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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