Phillippe Aumont Optioned to Lehigh Valley

According to Chris Branch, Phillippe Aumont is headed to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Todd Zolecki states a corresponding roster move will be made Friday. Aumont has a 4.15 ERA and has his highest BB/9 IP of his career (6.92). No word on who will take his place but the Phillies could turn to either an infielder such as Cesar Hernandez (.320/.386/.456 heading into today for Lehigh Valley) to replace Chase Utley or a straight swap for a reliever like the suddenly hot Mike Stutes.



  1. Double Trouble Del

    May 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    One half of local radio talk show’s afternoon tandem remarked that he didn’t think Aumont had, for lack of a better word, the cojones to pitch in pressure situations. While I really don’t care for the commentator, he may be right on the money when it concerns Aumont. I do have a fear that some other team’s pitching coach will fix him after the Phillies either release him or trade him for a bag of balls

  2. Lefty

    May 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Control, by my way of thinking, is a teachable skill. There are degrees of success of course, some will get it, and some won’t. But one thing is certain, you can’t teach 6-7 long and strong.

    I would hope they continue to work with this kid further to try to help him.

    • George

      May 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

      The teachability of control could be debated strongly. I can think of way too many examples of pitchers who never could get the ball where they wanted. Jonathan Sanchez actually got worse over the years, and Rick Ankiel quit pitching and became an outfielder because of control issues. Carlos Marmol hasn’t learned anything, either. There have even been position players who were moved due to lack of throwing skills. Ryan Howard, for instance, would be a disater defensively if he had to throw the ball much.

      I hope you are right, and Aumont can be taught, because he has nasty stuff. I do believe that consistency of mechanics has a lot to do with control, and sometimes taller individuals seem to have problems with repeating the same motion. The huge Randy Johnson started his career being wild, and it was repeatable mechanics that turned him into a Hall-of Famer.

  3. DavidE

    May 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

    He showed a lot of promise last year during the Phillies run in August and September. For some reason, he faltered this year. While his ERA isn’t so bad, when he has come in with men in scoring position, he has been letting runners score too frequently. Hopefully, he will be able to get back to the pitcher he was last year with the Phillies.

  4. bacardipr

    May 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Double Trouble i didnt hear the commentator but that look he had on his face the other day. Not your normal sh** face look in that situation but one more of im Skeered look.

  5. Rabbi

    May 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Although it would be interesting to see what Hernandez can do at the major League level, the emrgence of Galvis probably makes his call-up unlikely. With the bullpen lacking in dependable arms, we’re probably going to see “Stutes, Part Trois.”

  6. xxLouA

    May 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    What the Phillies also need is someone up here, a coach to replace what they have now. someone who can teach this kid how to pitch.
    the dude they have to me is worthless.
    I doubt whether or not his height has anything to do with his pitching or control.
    He pitched fine before as DavidE and others already said.
    besides that they need another Gillick type back here.

    • George

      May 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Maybe Dubee is worthless to you, but I’m looking at a bigger sample size than just Aumont. Happ and Worley haven’t done much of anything since leaving the Phils for different coaches. However, Kendrick has inproved greatly with Dubee in charge. Cloyd and Pettibone are actually pitching better than they were with their 2013 AAA coaches.

      Every expert I’ve read has said tall pitchers almost always have difficulty getting their mechanics in order. Aumont definitely has an inconsistent motion. He looks at time like he’s going to fly apart; other times not so much.

      • xxLouA

        May 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

        not a genius just an opinion, Phil’s still need some changes
        since they just about blew everything.
        will see how far they go

  7. DavidE

    May 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I guess there is a real fine line between being a dominating pitcher and a Triple A pitcher. It’s one thing to get hit around by Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and the Reds. It’s another thing to really get hit around by the Marlins. 10 walks and 17 hits in 13 innings is not a good showing. But he probably will be back. He has the stuff to be a good reliever.

  8. Mike in NJ

    May 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Stutes was probably the best choice. He doesn’t have Aumont’s stuff, but he’s fearless, and you can’t pitch scared. I wonder how much longer until they release Durbin and bring up someone like Diekman.

    I, too, doubt Hernadez will come up if Utley is DL’d. Most likely some never will be like Pete Orr.

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