"Phillippe told me he's extremely happy to be back in the rotation," Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said, per MLB.com. "He looks like it. There's a tempo to what he's doing. He used to take forever between pitches. He's crisp. He has some big misses, but he gets right back in the zone. Seven strong innings today, really. He had an above-average, maybe well above-average fastball. Above-average breaking ball. Two major-league pitches.
"He's just in a great frame of mind. Right-handed hitters had no chance on his breaking ball today. He locked up about five or six. He was 94-96 mph with his fastball. They just couldn't pull the trigger on the breaking ball."
If Aumont continues to excel in the minors, he could soon find himself in the team's major-league rotation, which is 27th in baseball with a 5.14 starter ERA.
"He didn't look out of place today at all," Jordan said. "We're staying with it. We're committed to it. We're going to try to find out. He looks the part."
After allowing a run in his lone inning of work Sunday against the University of Tampa, Aumont allowed solo homers on consecutive pitches in the fifth inning of Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Astros.
"This is a big spring training for him as far as the Phillies go and him (being) with the Phillies," manager Ryne Sandberg said after Thursday's game, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "He's had multiple chances and this is a clean slate opportunity for him in spring training coming in with opportunities and with some spots available.
"It should be a fresh start for him after the offseason. The biggest thing for him is to work ahead, and really, he has a good breaking ball when he can get to those counts. But sometimes he gets hit before he gets to those counts."
"Yeah, I mean, it crossed my mind," Aumont said. "But at the moment, I'm here, so I want to compete for this team. If it ever comes down to that and I go somewhere else, then I'll think about it when I'm there. But right now, the Phillies are giving me that opportunity, and I'm taking it and I'm going for it."
Aumont gave up three hits and one run in Sunday's exhibition game against the University of Tampa.
"I feel much better this spring," Aumont said. "I feel like I caught on to some stuff that I've been working on. This is my eighth, ninth spring training. I know how to throw a baseball. I'm not doing it maybe perfectly, but I know how to do it."
Aumont spent most of last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 65:39 K:BB ratio in 55 innings.
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