By now, the Phillies expected Phillippe Aumont to be an important force in their bullpen. They included him on their opening-day roster and envisioned a pitcher who would harness his powerful pitches for a crucial role. Instead, the 24-year-old righthander's season ended Monday when he packed his locker at triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Aumont categorized his season as "completely garbage," in comments to The (Allentown) Morning Call. The Phillies did not disagree.
"I'm sure he was disappointed not to be recalled," Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "But he didn't deserve to be called up. Deep down, he probably knows that. But we certainly haven't given up on him."
Aumont pitched in 22 erratic games for the Phillies before a demotion in late May. He struck out 42 and walked 38 in 35 2/3 innings with the IronPigs for a 4.04 ERA. His final appearance encapsulated a lost season. Looper said Aumont's fastball registered at 97 m.p.h. Monday and triple-A pitching coach Ray Burris marked high grades for Aumont's curveball.