Champions Sign Hometown Boy Aumont
Ottawa, ON – The OTTAWA CHAMPIONS have signed Gatineau native, first round draft pick and former MLB pitcher PHILLIPPE AUMONT to a contract for the 2017 season.
AUMONT, 28, has been working out with the Champions since training camp opened up at the beginning of May and with the trade of Adron Chambers to Sussex County on Sunday, a Veteran slot on the roster has been opened up for him.
The 6’7” righthander is expected to make his Champions debut on Wednesday in game two of a doubleheader against the Rockland Boulders at RCGT Park.
“I think it’s going to be something special,” says Aumont. “I’ve played high levels, but any time you get to play in your hometown in front of friends and family, I think that’s special.
“It’s going to be a fun time. I like this team, I like this organization. They’ve given me a good opportunity to get back into it and I’m excited for it.”
Aumont played parts of four seasons in the MLB with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2012 to 2015, 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.
“He has gotten his arm strength back,” says manager Hal Lanier. “He’s very excited to get this opportunity, that’s what he told me, and we’re excited to add a local, ex-Major League pitcher to our rotation.”
Aumont was originally drafted 11th overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2007 before being dealt, along with fellow newcomer Tyson Gillies, to the Phillies two years later in the deal that sent Cliff Lee west.
To make room on the roster, the Champions have placed RHP AUSTIN CHRISMON on the disabled list retroactive to June 5th.
Chrismon was hit in the head by a line drive during Sunday’s game against the Sussex County Miners and will miss his next start for precautionary reasons.
Ottawa Champions single game tickets can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613-745-2255, or in person at the RCGT Park box office.
Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25th in Ottawa are also on sale and can be purchased in the same manner.