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Mariners Prospect Phillippe Aumont - WBC PITCHf/x

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The World Baseball Classic has already been fun.  This year, an added bonus is having PITCHf/x data available for all games in major league parks.  This is special because it is a rare chance to get a look at some prospects who may not see PITCHf/x park for a few years - if at all.

Saturday afternoon featured a match-up of Canada and United States.  The Canadians had far less experience at the major league level - particularly within the pitching staff.  They used five pitchers in the process of losing the game:

  • Phillippe Aumont - Seattle
  • Chris Begg - free agent
  • Dave Davidson - Pittsburgh
  • Mike Johnson - free agent
  • Christopher LeRoux - Florida

Before diving into Aumont, the 11th pick of the 2007 draft, here's a quick look at all five pitchers' stuff.

cfx is my pitch id, pfx_x and pfx_z are movement caused by spin, in inches.  The last two columns are the spin angle are spin rate.  CH is a change, CU a curve, FA a fastball, F2 and F4 are two- and four-seam fastballs, SL is slider, FC is cutter, and FS is splitter.

 

first last cfx # mph pfx_x pfx_z deg rpm
Mike Johnson CH 1 77.2 -8.4 6.3 233.2 1,141.4
Mike Johnson CU 5 72.3 6.1 -10.2 210.6 1,206.4
Mike Johnson FA 33 86.8 -7.0 6.7 225.9 1,217.1
Mike Johnson FC 4 84.5 -2.1 4.8 202.9 627.0
Mike Johnson SL 20 77.7 6.5 0.8 161.1 736.1
Chris Begg CH 1 75.5 -6.5 3.1 244.4 771.6
Chris Begg CU 4 75.2 1.7 -3.6 204.9 434.6
Chris Begg FA 19 85.0 -6.5 3.5 241.9 907.2
Chris Begg SL 2 75.9 4.5 0.7 100.6 488.1
Dave Davidson CU 3 79.3 -3.3 -5.5 148.3 724.7
Dave Davidson FA 3 90.5 8.8 7.5 130.5 1,472.4
Dave Davidson FS 11 86.4 8.2 -1.4 244.2 1,027.7
Christopher Leroux FA 2 92.2 -6.5 5.1 231.9 1,078.3
Phillippe Aumont CU 8 81.1 6.0 -6.9 221.0 1,047.3
Phillippe Aumont F2 5 95.6 -10.4 3.9 249.6 1,508.4
Phillippe Aumont F4 8 95.9 -7.7 8.3 222.9 1,537.0

Begg and Johnson are free agents - Johnson is hanging up the spikes after the tournament.  Davidson has seen a couple innings with the Pirates, and Leroux is in the Marlins' system.

Phillippe Aumont is a hot prospect - MLB has him listed 33rd in their ranking.  He's 6'7", just turned 20 and has just a season of work in the Midwest League as a profesional.  And he's got nasty stuff.

We're only talking about 21 pitches, but USA hitters swung at 11 pitches and missed 7 of them.  Aumont was zone-avoidant, though, with just 7 of his efforts finding the generous 24 inch wide plate.

 

cfx # Swing Whiff B:CS IWZ
CU 8 0.500 0.750 3.0 0.375
F2 5 0.200 1.000 3.0 0.200
F4 8 0.750 0.500   0.375
  21 0.524 0.636 4.0 0.333

That's just silly.

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Those flight paths for the fastballs run out to 10 ft past the front of home plate, as the time scale is the same for the curveball, which takes a while to get to the plate, relative to the heaters.  Aumont kept the two-seamer down during Satuday's outing.  The Bird's Eye view is the most impressive - the overlap of the fastballs seems to indicate a consistent release and arm angle.