The Phillies' first losing season since 2002 is sure to bring wholesale changes in the offseason. But who should stay and who should go? Over the next two weeks, we're asking that very question and putting players under the microscope.
Saturday, we examined Kyle Kendrick (see story), and today we take a look at a piece of the bullpen:
Position: Right-handed relief pitcher
Status: Arbitration eligible in 2016; completed one-year, $490,000 deal in 2013
Signature game of 2013
After earning a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen to start the season, Aumont opened 2013 by throwing 6 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run, but he did so inauspiciously. Over that span, Aumont lost two games, walked as many as he struck out (six) and threw 71 strikes to 55 balls.
Season as a whole
As a rookie in 2012, Aumont was thrown into the fire and showed plenty of upside. The right-hander featured his mid-90s fastball, hard sinker and low-80s curveball in eighth-inning opportunities and even converted a few save chances for the Phils.
But Aumont’s inability to throw strikes quickly derailed his 2013 season.
Aumont’s shaky command and inconsistent mechanics led to him spending more time in Triple A than with the big-league club. The Canadian held two stints with the Phillies during the season in which he compiled 13 walks, three hit-batsman, a 4.19 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 19 1/3 innings. At one point, Aumont had the worst ball-to-strike ratio in the majors.
In 35 2/3 innings at Lehigh Valley, his control never improved. He walked 38 batters, struck out 42 and hit six. In his second demotion of the season, Aumont walked 23 batters in 25 innings for the IronPigs, and posted a walk in 18 of his 21 appearances.
His season finished in Lehigh Valley instead of Philadelphia as a September call-up.
Stay or go
It would be tough to close the door on Aumont, a 24-year-old with great makeup — 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, live arm and quality stuff. If Aumont could harness his erratic command, he could make a nice living in late-inning relief.
However, Aumont’s 2013 was clearly a disappointment and he put the icing on the cake with his mouth (see below). Maybe a new pitching coach will be Aumont’s antidote, but by judging what he said following the season, would you want him back in the mix come spring training?
The Phils already have a bundle of young relievers with undefined roles/futures.
Aumont may be one in which the Phillies should part ways.
What they’re saying…
"Completely garbage. I think it was mostly a waste of my time in the sense that ... I don't know. I just felt like I was going in circles instead of going forward, you know what I mean?"
--Aumont when asked to evaluate his season after hearing he was not one of the Phillies’ six September call-ups
"We'll see. I don't know what they want to do. If I'm not in their plans, I don't want to be back. But if I am … I want to be with the Phillies but at the same time if they've moved on [from me] or whatever, then I think it's time for me to move on. There's 29 other teams out there and plenty of other opportunities out there."
--Aumont on if he thinks he’ll be in the organization next spring
(Quotes per the Allentown Morning Call.)