Hull hurler Aumont promoted to Double-A

NEATE SAGER, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

Hull’s Phillippe Aumont is another stop closer to the major leagues.

The 20-year-old Mariners pitching prospect has been promoted to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, the club’s farm team in the Double-A Southern League. Very few players reach Double-A by age 20, so the promotion is a sure sign of the progress the 6-foot-7, 220-lb. Aumont has made since making his professional debut in spring 2008.

Aumont, a hard-throwing right-hander whom the Mariners believe has the skill set to be their closer one day, began this season with the High Desert Mavericks in the High-A California League. He had 12 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 29 appearances, with 35 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings and a measly .197 opponents’ average. According to the baseball blog ussmariner.com, Aumont had “mediocre command” in the first month of the season in High Desert (six walks in 10 1/3 innings), but recorded a 16-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the month of May as he began to adapt to his new role, which is an excellent sign.

The 2007 first-round draft choice created a buzz in March when he retired major-league all-stars David Wright, Kevin Youkilis, and Curtis Granderson in order while pitching for Canada vs. Team USA at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Last season, when he was a starter, Aumont was selected for the Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, but did not pitch due to an elbow injury which eventually shortened his season.


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