Phillies Demote Phillippe Aumont, Call Up Ethan Martin; Sign Jason Marquis
Some minor Phillies-related news from today:
— Stephen Gross (@SteveGrossMCall) June 3, 2014
Obviously, Phillippe Aumont’s brief time in the big leagues this season hasn’t gone well. The right-hander allowed a tie-breaking and eventual game-winning two-run home run to New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda on June 1. Yesterday, he incinerated the Phillies’ chances of coming back by allowing a grand slam to shortstop Wilmer Flores, making the score 11-2. Overall, he faced nine batters. He walked two of them and allowed two home runs.
Aumont’s fall from grace has been rather tragic. We were so excited about his potential when he did this:
Aumont, one of the three players acquired in the Cliff Lee trade with the Seattle Mariners, simply hasn’t been able to find the strike zone whatsoever. At the big league level, he has walked 24 of the 169 batters he has faced (14.2%). At Triple-A, he has walked 107 of 586 (18.3%), including 59 of 279 between 2013-14 (21.1%). It wouldn’t be shocking if the Phillies designated him for assignment. It would be less surprising to see Aumont latch on with a new team and turn things around. The Phillies have shown themselves over the years to be completely inept at developing pitchers.
Ethan Martin missed the first month-plus of the season due to a sprain of the anterior capsule in his right shoulder. He rehabbed at Single-A from May 4-9, then returned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 10 2/3 innings there, Martin has posted a 1.69 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks.
Martin, acquired in the Shane Victorino trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline in 2012, initially contributed to the team out of the rotation last season but was moved to the bullpen after seven starts. Martin showed a diminished ability to get batters out as well as a prominent decline in velocity the longer he pitched.
Jason Marquis, 35, underwent Tommy John surgery last July after posting a 4.05 ERA in 117 2/3 innings with the San Diego Padres. He’ll report to extended spring training and serve as minor league starting pitching depth. As Matt Gelb notes here, the Phillies have had to resort to relief pitchers to make starts at the Triple-A level. Additionally, Gelb suggests that Marquis could join the rotation should the Phillies made some trades leading up to the July 31 deadline.