Looper Talks Prospects
Got a chance to speak with Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper about the three prospects the Mariners sent the Phillies for Cliff Lee: pitchers Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and outfielder Tyson Gillies.
Looper, who said they’re all likely to start the season in Double-A Reading, had some familiarity with them because he worked in Seattle through the 2008 season, but he also said the Phillies scouted these three prospects pretty thoroughly.
Here is what he said:
On Aumont. “He signed as a starter. He’s a big 6-foot-7 right-hander that has got a very good arm. We had him up to 97 mph in the (Arizona) Fall League with very good sink. They moved him to the pen. I think they thought that was his quickest way to the Major Leagues. Fastball, slider and he’s now throwing a split. I thought he was a starter all along, but maybe a reliever is where he belongs. But that’s an internal discussion we’ll have.”
On Ramirez: “He’s a 6-foot-3, big, strong right-hander with very good arm action and delivery. I looked at an old report. In ’08 I had him at 90 to 96 mph. Good arm. Good slider. I really liked his arm action and delivery and body.”
On Gillies: “He’s a strong tool, above average run and throw. A high energy guy that gets on base and steals bases.”
On comparing Aumont’s potential to Kyle Drabek. “I don’t like comparing players. We do often when we’re sitting around talking to players, but he’s what we would classify as a good prospect. And that’s where we had Kyle at — a good prospect. We didn’t want to give up Kyle, but the two pitchers we got we like them a lot, too.”
On Domonic Brown’s presence making it easier to trade Michael Taylor. “In looking at our prospects, we probably have more outfielders than we do anywhere else. Whether it be Michael or Brown or (Anthony) Gose. We didn’t want to give up any of them, but we felt like giving up one outfielder we still had some guys that we liked that we think will be Major League players in the outfield.”