Aumont Promoted as Horst is Deactivated – Phillies Nation

Aumont Promoted as Horst is Deactivated

Following the Phillies’ 12-5 romp over the visiting Reds on Monday night, the team announced that lefty reliever Jeremy Horst was placed on paternity leave and that righthander Phillippe Aumont would be called up to the Phils, in order to fill his void.

The 23-year-old Quebec, Canada native was acquired from Seattle in the Dec. 2009 Cliff Lee trade, along with RHP J.C. Ramirez and OF Tyson Gillies. Aumont was originally an 11th-round pick of the Mariners in the 2007 draft.

Aumont, ranked as the Phillies’ #4 prospect by prior to the 2012 season, had posted a 3-1 record with a 4.26 ERA and 14 saves in 41 relief outings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

Until this week, Aumont had been quite hot, posting a 2.08 ERA with a 1-0 record and five saves in 15 outings since the International League All-Star break. However, in his most recent outing, he surrendered four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning during a loss to Toledo on Sunday.

At 6-foot-7 and weighing 260 pounds, Aumont is a considerably imposing figure on the mound, sporting a fastball that mostly ranges from 96 to 98 MPH, along with a strong curve ball, a sinker as well as a split. The tools are certainly there, but Aumont still needs to improve his consistency in order to achieve the levels of success that have been expected of him since he pitched in the 2008 MLB Futures Game, or the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when he struck out David Wright, Kevin Youkilis and Curtis Granderson to escape a jam.

Horst and his wife Maureen will be welcoming their second child. The couple already has a four-year-old daughter. The 26-year-old Horst has a 1-0 record with a 1.06 ERA in 16 outings with the Phillies this season..

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  1. bacardipr

    August 21, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I know a lot of posters have been waiting for Aumont’s call up.

    • Daniela

      October 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

      I feel like I just read this haha. Regardless, this is the Phillies offense, and I don’t know that the retrun of Chase Utley is necessarily going to be the cure-all that people keep suggesting. All I keep hearing is that when Utley comes back the lineup will be fine. Utley is one guy. What we really need is less Raul and more Mayberry/Dom Brown (eventually). What we really need is Ben Fran to hit breaking balls. What we really need is to drop Jimmy down the lineup until he learns to take a walk. I’m not saying all these things are going to happen. I’m just saying the Phillies offense needs more than just the retrun of Chase to put up runs.

  2. Psujoe

    August 21, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Lucky I read paternity leave because horst has been the second best arm in the pen.
    Get willingham an Polanco on waivers. If we get a top 20 do it.

    • Secondd

      October 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Hey Chris,This whole thing is a lot to take in, for sure!There are going to be a lot of people on both sides of the fence. I’m in the mdilde right now. I dislike judging trades when they first happen, as most times it depends what happens down the road.Aumont figures to be a closer or late inning guy, which will be interesting if Lidge experiences problems. Will they give him a shot? Go back to Madson? Myers? The scenarios are endless. I need to do some research on Ramierze. Don’t know a lot about him, which usually isn’t the best deal when it comes to prospects, but I might have overlooked him. You may have saw the e-mail chain I pointed out Gavin Floyds success in Chicago, and meanwhile what have the pitchers we’ve acquired ourselves amounted to so far? That concerns me.I’m not all that concerned about losing the catcher, but we shall see.

  3. Ian Riccaboni

    August 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Heart skipped a beat for a second regarding Horst. Never like to see the word “deactivated” regarding anyone but for paternity leave? That works!

    Can’t wait to see Aumont, hope he gets some action this next day or two.


    August 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Does Aumont deserve to be promoted? What about Cloyd?

    • Manny

      August 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Probably doesn’t “deserve” it but he’s a pen guy and Cloyd is not. We need a reliever while Horst is out.

    • schmenkman

      August 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Cloyd comes up a lot, but I don’t think the organization is convinced on him yet.

      One consideration is his batting average on balls in play (BABIP).

      This tends to normalize around .300 for the vast majority of pitchers. There are 113 pitchers with 500+ innings since 2008. 97 of those 113 have BABIP between .280 and .310.

      And just fyi, it’s not like the best pitchers have the lower BABIPs. Halladay has the lowest ERA, but 60th BABIP. Lee has the 5th lowest ERA and 82nd lowest BABIP.

      But while it normalizes over time, it varies up and down due to normal variation. Cloyd’s BABIP this year is .234, meaning that an unusual number of balls have landed in gloves rather than found holes, and this indicates that his success is PROBABLY not sustainable.

      • Ryne Duren

        August 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        then lets bring him up while he’s still in the sustainable mode! when he becomes unsustainable we send him down. see that was easy! and i might as well agree with dipsey. 15-1 is 15-1. i don’t care about BABIP. all that means to me is no matter what ya say he’s getting it done. and he was gettin it done last year too! just not as good as this year. that tells me that the man knows how to pitch. schmenkman just out of curiosity would you happen to know what greg maddux BABIP was by any chance? i’m not being sarcastic or anything but if i wanted to find out the answer to that i figure you’re the guy to ask. i don’t know anything about that stuff.

      • schmenkman

        August 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        @Ryne: Maddux’s career BABIP was .286

        BTW, I have no problem with bringing Cloyd up to see what he can do. Just speculating on why the org. may not be as high on him as some fans.


    August 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Boy, that Schmenkman is one smart dude. WAY SHARPER THAN ME. Hell, I majored in long division and the times tables in college. Schmenkman must be a genius. Keep up the outstanding analysis. I don’t even know how to refute such a mathematical mind. Good thing he is on Phillies Nation.

    • schmenkman

      August 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Okay then.

  6. TheDipsy

    August 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    15-1 is 15-1. BABIP whatever. No offense, Schmenk. I just gotta say, that I am eagerly awaiting the return of a man called Horst.

    The Dipsy

    • schmenkman

      August 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      I submit for your consideration the case of Daisuke Matsuzaka:

      2007: 15-12, 4.40 ERA; .299 BABIP, 8.8 K/9, 3.5 BB/9
      2008: 18-3, 2.90 ERA; .258 BABIP, 8.3 K/9, 5.0 BB/9
      since: 16-18, 5.17 ERA; .303 BABIP, 7.7 K/9, 4.4 BB/9

      So: why was Dice-K’s 2008 so good?

    • loupossehl

      August 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      I’ve been through the desert with a Horst with no game …

      so I hope this young guy proves better.

      La la, la, la la la la

      • Ryne Duren

        August 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        you too lou! good one! you guys are crackin me up tonite! usually if i wanna laugh, i go look in the mirror! after i’m done laughing . then i moan.

    • Ryne Duren

      August 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      whoa dipsey that was a real good one my friend. i like a person with a sense of humor. excellant!

  7. Chuck A.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    2011 St. Louis Cardinals:

    ” After close of business on August 24, the day the Dodgers completed their sweep, St. Louis had fallen ten games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central standings and 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves (and in third place) in the NL Wild Card standings. Manager Tony LaRussa said on the struggles: “I guarantee that the team you have seen the past few weeks is not the team we have, and I believe you will start to see our team tomorrow.”[72] St. Louis’ odds of making the playoffs stood at 1.3%”

    2012 Phillies are 10 games out on August 21.

    • Lefty

      August 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      The next sound you will hear is the flapping of pigs wings.

      The Cardinals are 19th on the list, the big difference is they were 5 games OVER .500 at that point.

      Sure would be nice to just have them make some noise and go into the offseason on an up note.

    • psujoe

      August 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Phils need th Nats, Reds and one of Giants/Dodgers to beat everyone except us. I believe the Phils have 9 left aginst the Braves. A huge run could pull them back into play. Going to be tough to pass both Pittsburg and St. Louis. How many teams did St. Louis jump to get in?

      • Lefty

        August 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Only 2, Frisco and the Braves.

      • psujoe

        August 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        only two teams makes it easier. I just want to see them play Howard and Utley a little more sparingly. If they get hurt before the end of the season it’s bc to square one for 2013. Tht would be a killer. Also want to see Frandsen and Kratz get the majority of the starts at 3b and cacther. A RUF callup to spare Howard at first would be nice as well.

      • Lefty

        August 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        I agree

      • Ryne Duren

        August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        hey joe i agree! but i don’t think they’ll do it ( Ruf or cloyd) ! i think they’re too stupid and bullheaded for one. sometimes i wonder if they can recognize good or bad players.

  8. Jay Floyd

    August 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Fixed those stats for Horst…

  9. DavidE

    August 22, 2012 at 12:29 am

    A sacrifice bunt is generally the way to play at home but I can’t see it against Chapman. It’s too hard to get a bunt down on someone who throws that hard. I would have taken the chances with Jimmy swinging.

    Regarding Pierre’s play, usually he is a pretty skilled bunter. But considering WIgginton was on 3rd, he shouldn’t have tried the play.

    • Devin

      August 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

      A sacrifice bunt is NEVER the way to play. Anywhere. Unless your average is under .200 it is always wrong.

  10. George

    August 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    A note on Cloyd: He’s not on the 40 man roster, so bringing him up would involve removing someone else who is. ( I believe that player would have to be DFAed in order to remove him.) Just who gets bumped is not a decision I’d care to make.

    • schmenkman

      August 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Good point on the roster.

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