Phillippe Aumont Hopes to be a Big Part of Phillies Bullpen
Phillippe Aumont believes that he fixed a mechanical flaw in his delivery, which led to the poor results and inconsistency he experienced in 2013.
Aumont walked almost a batter per inning in the minors last season, but the Phillies still believe the 25-year old hurler can be a part of the bullpen, there's hope that the 11th-overall pick in the 2007 draft will eventually figure it out.
(Listen to Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont on the Sports Bash with Mike Gill)
One thing is for sure, Aumont has the confidence in himself that he will imporve and help the Phillies in 2014.
"No doubt I should be a part of it (the 25-man roster), I want to make this team and believe I will make it."
The right-hander compiled a 4.19 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 19/13 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings with the Phillies in 2013.
Aumont of course was supposed to be the main piece in the Cliff Lee deal back in the 2010 off-season. At 6-foot-7 and 255 lbs., the former 11th overall pick in the draft still has elite stuff, so if the mechanical flaw in his delivery is corrected, it could lead to improved command, which could make him a name to watch as a setup man in the Phillies bullpen.
One question with Aumont has been is he over being a part of the Lee deal? He has admitted that that put a lot of pressure on him as a young 20 year old kid.
"To replace Cliff Lee that was a lot of pressure, it was hard, but I am beyond that now. I say to Cliff jokingly all the time, thanks for coming back, now they (the fans) can get off my back."
Another interesting thing with Aumont was that he came to Philly as a starting pitcher, but the Phillies have put him in the bullpen - but Aumont certainly doesn't forget his roots.
"I haven't forgot about bring a starter yet," Aumont admitted.
If he is going to make the Phillies 25-man roster, it will have to be as a part of the Phillies bullpen.