Philippe Aumont, rhp, Mariners

2007 MLB Draft B-T: R-R
Ht: 6-7. Wt.: 225.
Birthdate: 1/7/1989.
School: Ecole Du Versant, Gatineau, Quebec
Class: Sr.
Previously Drafted: N/A

• John Manuel blogged that Aumont impressed scouts at the Cape Cod High School Classic, in Cuba and at a tournament in Florida.
• Aumont ranked No. 17 in our Midseason Update: 2007 Draft's Top 30 Prospects list Premium.
• Alan Matthews called Aumont the best Canadian pitching prospect since Adam Loewen.
• In an ESPN SportsNation chat Premium, Jim Callis said Aumont will likely be gone after the first 10 to 20 picks.

Phillippe Aumont
Canada's national baseball program is well organized, and it is beginning to bear more fruit. The physically imposing Aumont--6-foot-7 and 225 pounds--is the country's best prospect since Adam Loewen. Aumont made a name for himself when he appeared in a high school all-star game in Cape Cod and the East Coast Showcase last summer. He made an impressive showing against the Tigers' extended spring training squad in April, touching 96 mph from a low three-quarters arm slot that can be devastating for righthanded hitters. Aumont flashes an occasionally plus slider at 80-82, though his arm slot makes it difficult for him to stay on top of the pitch. His velocity has vacillated during the spring, and his mechanics are raw, but he's athletic and has pitched well in front of a handful of scouting directors and should be drafted among the top 20 picks. Aumont now lives with guardians, and while he is reluctant to discuss his parents or his past with the media, he has been forthcoming with teams that are interested in him as a potential first-rounder.