We end the preview of the system with a look at relievers including those still in the minors and the large group of young guys right on the door to the major leagues.
The common saying is that relievers are merely failed starters, in many cases this is true, the Phillies however have been very good at finding college guys who will transition well to the bullpen. The consequence is that the system is stocked with high upside arms who are not that far away from major league contributions.
As always please re-read gregg’s end of season bullpen recaps GCL/WPT, CLW/LKW, and LHV/RDG. Just a note: I have left off players in the bottom level, if you would like see someone added to this list just ask and I can put them on.
Phillipe Aumont (23) – Aumont may have the best raw stuff of any pitcher in the organization, a 70 fastball, 70 curveball, and a 60-70 splitter. The problem is that it comes along with below average command, due to mechanics that often fall apart. All of Aumont’s pitches have incredible movement, which cause both swings and misses in addition to weak contact. If Aumont can consistently throw strikes he is a back of the bullpen reliever, with elite closer upside. Continue reading