RP Phillippe Aumont and C Humberto Quintero make Phillies opening-day roster. Aumont will pitch out the bullpen.
Aumont a once top prospect has electric stuff and could potentially make a case for the closers role down the line, but until then only roster him in the deepest of leagues.
Analyst: Shane Miller View Profile
Phillippe Aumont is a guy I've kept my eye on for a few years now (as a Phillies fan, and as a fan of big bodied pitchers), and I believe that Aumont is going to end up taking over the closer role in Philadelphia once Papelbon is done. Simply put, Aumont is a 6'7" 24 year old who throws 95+ MPH heat and struck out more than 12 batters per 9 innings pitched in the minors in 2012. The knock on the imposing Aumont has been his control issues, and resulting walk rate, but that is par for the course with most big bodied pitchers. To give you some insight as to why I say this, Randy Johnson, the greatest big bodied pitcher of my lifetime... maybe ever, didn't break into the majors until he was 25 (26 really, at 25 he got a late season cup of coffee), and he proceeded to be worst in the league in walks per 9ip for his first 3 seasons. In fact, the Big Unit didn't get his walks per 9 ip down under 4.9 until he was 29 years old. He then went on to have a WHIP under 1.20 for a decade, and to win 5 Cy Young awards. My point isn't that Aumont is the next Randy Johnson, it's that big bodied pitchers tend to have control issues, but the ones with good stuff, like Aumont, tend to become very good once they figure things out.
Analyst: Brad Costilo View Profile