Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the Pharm

Thanks to CSNPHILLY for breaking down the new prospects received in the Blockbuster. Read it here

Phillipe Aumont, who was the 11th pick in the 2007 draft, is similar in style to Jason Knapp, whom the Phillies traded to Cleveland in July as part of the previous Lee deal. He’s long and lanky and brings it in the low-to-mid 90s. He’s not anywhere as polished as Drabek and, like Knapp, is nowhere near ready to pitch in the upper levels of the minor leagues let alone the Major Leagues.

Though drafted as a starter, the Mariners moved Aumont to the bullpen in 2009, his first full season in pro ball. Aumont, who will turn 20 next month, was 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA in a combined 44 appearances at High Desert of the Class-A California League and West Tennessee of the Double-A Southern League.

He had 16 saves, only four of them coming in the Southern League. He had a 5.09 ERA in 17 2/3 innings at West Tenn.

Tyson Gillies, is legally deaf and wears a hearing aid in each ear, led the Cal League with 44 steals. He finished second in hits [170], OBP [.430], runs scored [104] and triples [14]. He was third in hitting [.341] and also led the league after getting thrown out trying to steal 19 times.

Gillies relies on his speed, no doubt, but how he fares outside of the offensive-minded Cal League will be more telling. The Eastern League, where he will likely be playing in 2010, is a grinding league.

Juan Ramirez, turned 21 in August and also spent the entire season in the Cal League, going 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games [27 starts]. Like Gillies, a truer indication of how he’ll fare will come in 2010 in the Eastern League. The Cal League shreds young pitchers and it is rare that any one can step in and succeed at the high altitudes and bandbox ballparks.

He also has some control issues – he hit 17 batters in 2009 and uncorked 14 wild pitches. Like Aumont, though, he has a lively low-to-mid 90s fastball that occasionally creeps into the upper 90s. Ramirez simply needs to figure out how to control it.

There you go, these are your new phils of the future.

Also - (philled in) with some good stuff on the prospects.

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