RHP Phillippe Aumont (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)
Position: Back-end reliever/closer
Prospect Level: Top prospect (5th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
2012 Major League Stats: 18 G, 0-1, 3.68 ERA, 14.2 IP, 14 K, 2 SV
2012 Minor League Stats: 41 G, 3-1, 4.26 ERA, 44.1 IP, 59 K, 15 SV
Season in Review: For Aumont, his hype level was pretty high ever since he was the main trade chip at the end of 2009 for Cliff Lee. He finally started to live up to the hype this past season with both the Iron Pigs in Triple-A and the Phillies for the final month of the season.
Aumont started out horrible for the Pigs, posting a 6.48 ERA in April, a rough start that really made people question Aumont’s value in the Lee deal. But Aumont bounced back, posting a 2.45 ERA in May, a 3.97 in June and a 2.38 in July before being called up in August.
The Phillies view Aumont as a future closer in the organization, and allowed him to pitch in the back-end of the rotation while he was up with the Phillies. He impressed in most of his outings, striking out 14 batters in 14 2/3 innings of work.
Aumont struggled with his location all throughout the year in both the Majors and Minors, but at times he was accurate and got his high-velocity fastball under control. His nine walks are a number that he needs to work on, but he allowed 10 hits, keeping his WHIP at a respectable and manageable 1.295.
Aumont recorded his first Major League save with the Phillies in a win over the Reds in early September. He finished the season with a pair of saves, finishing three games for the Phillies.
He is a top candidate for the bullpen next season, and could very well be the primary set-up man for closer Jonathan Papelbon. If Aumont turns into a reliable Major League reliever, he could close out a handful of games to give Papelbon a much-needed rest now and then.
Aumont is finally on the right track, and he had a fine short Major League season to show that he has a bright future with the Phillies.