Guessing the Phillies bull pen is always a fun game to play in the final two weeks of Spring Training. For those who had Michael Schwimer or Phillippe Aumont in their pools, you guessed wrong.
The Phillies optioned the the two relievers to minor league camp while also reassigning Jeremy Horst and David Purcey.
Aumont is considered to be one of the Phillies top pitching prospects. He four runs, two earned, in four innings of spring pitching.
But it was a bad outing this past Saturday in which he allowed three stolen bases, a wild pitch and a walk that pitching coach Rich Dubee poured ice cold water on the right-hander.
“He’s erratic,” Dubee said. “Slow delivery to the plate. He’s inconsistent. He has a great arm. Great stuff. But we have a little work to do there.”
The talent is there, it just needs work.
As for Schwimer, he pitched fine in the spring (four innings, two runs, five strike outs, one walk). He’ll be one of the first pitchers called up during the season if someone goes down.
Gelb on Purcey and Horst:
Purcey, a lefthander, allowed two runs in seven innings. He pitched for three major-league teams in 2011. Horst, acquired in the Wilson Valdez trade, had a 6.75 ERA in four outings.
On a side note, read Gelb’s latest on Philly.com about Joe Savery and a few others still in camp trying to impress Dubee and make the Opening Day roster.