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Analyzing The Phillies: Phillippe Aumont

2012 Expectations

Aumont didn’t figure into the Phillies’ plans before the start of the 2012 season. The centerpiece of the 2009 Cliff Lee trade needed another year of seasoning in the minor leagues before the Phillies would seriously consider bringing him up.

2012 Performance

Once the Phillies held their firesale at the trade deadline, the team began to give opportunities to young players in the organization. Aumont was one of the minor-leaguers that received a call-up.

The righthander made his debut on August 23rd, tossing a scorless inning against the Cincinnati Reds. In a weak bullpen, Aumont quickly emerged as the team’s best eighth inning option. When the team made their last-gasp run at the playoffs during the final month of the season, the 23-year old was the guy that Charlie Manuel felt most confident about handing the ball to.

Aumont performed well in the setup role, overpowering hitters with his fastball and confusing them with the great movement of his breaking pitches. He finished the regular season with an 0-1 record with a 3.28 ERA in 14.2 innings. He also recorded two saves, and didn’t allow a home run.

2013 Outlook

Aumont is a very interesting young arm to watch in the Phillies bullpen. The Phils have waited three years for the prospect to make an impact, and this could be the year he does so.

The rookie showed good promise during his limited action at the end of the season, pitching well in some big moments for the team.

Aumont has a chance to be a key figure in the bullpen next season. If he can build on the success he had in 2012, the Phillies could have themselves a potential answer for their eighth inning woes. Newly signed veteran Mike Adams will likely begin the year in the role, but Aumont could earn his share of opportunities late in the game if he performs well enough.

The sky is the limit for Aumont. Best case scenario, the talented pitcher fulfills his potential, and emerges as a workhorse reliever that the team can confidently turn to in the seventh and eighth innings, and could even occasionally spell Jonathan Papelbon as the team’s closer.

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13 Comments for “Analyzing The Phillies: Phillippe Aumont”

  1. If Aumont can continue to develop, Adams make may a nice trade piece.

  2. it would be nice to see Aumont succeed early
    the more innings the starters don’t have to pick early might help long term

  3. They should have gotten Brandon Morrow in that deal instead of Aumont.

  4. Let it go Bugs, that was like 3 years ago..

  5. I can’t let it go. That was a horrible trade. Ruben hasn’t gotten anything when he has traded players away. Lee, Pence, Victorino. None of those trades have turned into anything.

    • got aumont who is a very good prospect and pence/victorino was just last july- they got a numgber 1 catching prospect and good live arm and used a piece of the victorino trade for revere? are you on quaaludes.

  6. Quaaludes ,you are dating yourself haveacigar, aumont has closer stuff, lacks command and smarts, not optimistic there, pitching is about 3/4 mental and it’s not there with him

  7. the Phillies have the 2nd highest payroll in MLB and don’t have one outfielder- will the outfield hit 6th, 7th and 8th in the lineup?

  8. he is 23…. there aren’t many 23 year old relievers that have those things. thing about that really
    as for the ludes… yikes some wierd times!

  9. No, haveacigar goes back to the steel cans that you had to puncture with a can opener, old geezer

  10. Shit I am old! And true story I really did play middle school football in a leather helmet… It did have a face mask tho

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