22-Year-Old Pitcher – Philadelphia Phillies
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
We keep waiting for Kilome to put his impressive physical tools together and start looking the part of a No. 2 starter, but the closer he gets to the majors, the less impressive he appears. The 22-yea...
Franklyn Kilome Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Kilome is expected to begin the 2018 season at Double-A Reading, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Philadelphia Phillies Roster
MajorsAlfaro, Jorge (C)
AACanelo, Malquin (SS)
A+Arauz, Harold (P)
ABrito, Daniel (2B)
RookieGarcia, Luis (SS)
Franklyn Kilome: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Kilome got off to an awful start at Low-A Lakewood last season as he struggled through mechanical issues. The Phillies kept him out of games for a few weeks in April as they worked to get his delivery corrected before allowing him back onto the mound in May. Kilome started to dominate and showed signs of why he is considered one of the highest upside arms in the minors. Throwing out his 15.83 ERA and 7:10 K:BB in 9.2 April innings, he had a 2.76 ERA with a 123:40 K:BB in 104.1 innings over the remainder of the season. The walks are still a concern, but he has time to improve there. Kilome is so intriguing because he regularly hits the mid-90s with his fastball and his curveball is a potential plus pitch. The question is whether he will be able to develop a consistent third offering. If he does, he has front of the rotation upside. If he doesn't, he's a late inning reliever and potential closer.
The hype is building around Kilome, a 6-foot-6 righty that the Phillies signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. His fastball velocity jumped up into the mid-90s last year and there could be some room for additional growth as his frame fills out. Kilome's numbers at short season Low-A Williamsport last season do not jump off the page, but his prospect status is based more on projection than results at this point in his career. He still has work to do on commanding his fastball and improving his secondary pitches. Kilome will likely be assigned to Low-A Lakewood at the start of the 2016 season, and he could move quickly through the minors if things start to click for him on the mound.