Champions “Phil” Out Training Camp Roster with Two Local Stars
Ottawa, ON – The OTTAWA CHAMPIONS have invited two local players to training camp – one a veteran former Major Leaguer and the other a rookie looking to make an impression.
Gatineau, QC natives RHP PHILLIPPE AUMONT and OF PHIL CRAIG-ST. LOUIS will be among the players taking part in Spring Training from May 8th to May 17th.
AUMONT, 28, played parts of four seasons from 2012-2015 in the MLB with the Philadelphia Phillies and most recently pitched for Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2016.
He compiled a 0-2 record with a 12.27 ERA in 11 innings over 10 relief appearances with the Knights last year, before deciding to step away from the game in early June.
“It had been brewing through the offseason, whether or not I wanted to give it another shot,” says Aumont. “It’s a good opportunity for me to play ball in my hometown and to go out and have fun. What I do on the field will dictate future opportunities.”
Aumont has been coaching at Ecole Sport-Études with Champions OF Sebastien Boucher during the offseason.
“Teaching kids has given me the opportunity to remind myself of key points and show myself that I can do all these things,” he says. “I’m trying to show the kids that it’s okay to take a step back but it’s not okay to give up.”
Aumont was originally drafted 11th overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2007 before being dealt to the Phillies two years later in the deal that sent Cliff Lee west.
In a four year Major League career, he compiled a 1-6 record with a 6.80 ERA in 46 games, including one start. He also spent time in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and has pitched for Canada at the World Baseball Classic and Pan Am Games.
CRAIG-ST. LOUIS, 23, spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons played for the Ducks at the University of Oregon where he hit .259 with five homeruns and 48 RBI in 97 total games over the two seasons.
Also from Gatineau, Craig-St. Louis has been working out with Champions OF Sebastien Boucher over the winter to prepare himself for the new season.
“I know I can still play, so hopefully I can come in and help the team in some way,” says Craig-St. Louis. “I’m there to do my job, and hopefully I can help the team win.”
Ottawa Champions single game tickets are now on sale for all 2017 games, including Opening Weekend, the Cuba and Dominican Republic series’, and Canada Day.
Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25th in Ottawa are also on sale.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613-745-2255, or in person at the RCGT Park box office.