The number of Phillies in training camp dwindled to 33 today as the team sent apparently effective outfield option Brian Bogusevic to minor league camp and optioned slightly less terrible relief pitcher for which there once great expectations Phillippe Aumount to Lehigh Valley.
"This is Bogus," Brian Bogusevic likely didn't say on his way out of the clubhouse in an attempt to further market himself.
The 31-year-old was one of the names under increased scrutiny once Domonic Brown was considered unavailable for opening day. Ryne Sandberg has said that Ben Revere in left and Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera in center is really going to be a thing moving forward, leaving Brown's right field spot unsettled, the candidates now down to Jeff Francoeur, Grady Sizemore, and Jordan Danks.
Bogusevic, with appearances in four major league seasons with the Astros and Cubs, was third on the team in OPS with .944 (behind Chase Utley and Cameron Rupp), benefiting from a whopping .611 SLG - he is also tied for the team lead in home runs this spring with three, which on this team makes him a power source. He also hit .306 and struck out 10 times in 36 at-bats. Also, he stole a base. Overall, he was someone they could feel good about having invited to camp, especially on a team whose offense will rely on getting a runner on base and then utilizing trickery in some form to move them forward. But, what can you do - this is the Phase 3 of the Phillies' plan to shove Grady Sizemore down your throat.
Aumont; well, you all know Aumont. Earlier in spring training, the 6' 7", 26-year-old giant showed up with a new beard, but the same old pitching, giving up a run in his debut against the University of Tampa and allowing home runs on consecutive pitches to the Astros in his next appearance. By the time he was giving up a home run to the Rays' Logan Forsythe in another loss, he'd thrown 4.2 innings this spring and given up three home runs. It was assumed that with Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands, Luis Garcia, and Andy Oliver, along with Jonathan Papelbon for now, Aumont's passion for giving baseballs disgruntled looks as they sailed over his head made him not long for this bullpen.
He started to improve as time went on, wrangling his control issues and beginning to get outs, and he's leaving with 10 strikeouts and two walks in 8.2 innings - he didn't give up anymore home runs after Forsythe's, and only one more earned run. Last year he departed from Clearwater with eight walks and three strikeouts over 13.1 innings, so yeah, that's better. And Aumont is not interested in going anywhere.
Aumont could have asked to be released, but he said he did not.
"What good is going to do to ask them to release me when they could have done it on their own?" Aumont said. "So if they didn't do it, it's for a reason. That's the way I see it. I've got some work to do. I'll just get it done."
Elsewhere, other teams resisted the urge to pluck Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez from Ruben Amaro's grasp.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez also was outrighted to Triple-A. He was optioned Sunday. Basically, nobody claimed him off waivers.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) April 1, 2015