Franklyn Kilome
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets AA
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Franklyn Kilome in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Sent to minors camp
PNew York Mets  AA
March 5, 2019
Kilome (elbow) was optioned to the Mets' minor-league camp Tuesday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
Kilome will be sidelined all season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, so his assignment to minor-league camp is merely procedural. He could revert to the 60-day injured list at some point in 2019 when the Mets need to open up an extra spot on the 40-man roster.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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-year-old righty notched a 3.54 FIP at High-A, but his 11.2 K-BB% was mediocre, given his stuff. He was even less overpowering at Double-A, where his 4.1 K-BB% ranked in the bottom 15 percent of Eastern League pitchers. Kilome works with a heavy, mid-90s fastball and has a curveball that will flash plus. Unfortunately, at 6-foot-6, there are a lot of moving parts with his delivery and his command has not improved over the past couple seasons. If his command improves and his slider or changeup were to emerge as a quality third pitch, he could be a No. 3 or No. 4 starter. The more likely outcome is that he moves to the bullpen in a year or two, as he is already on the 40-man roster. He would profile as an eighth or ninth-inning arm in relief.
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.
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Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PNew York Mets  AA
October 25, 2018
Kilome underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
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Traded to Mets
PNew York Mets  AA
July 27, 2018
Kilome was traded from the Phillies to the Mets on Friday in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Strikeouts and walks both high
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
May 11, 2018
Kilome is striking out and walking a lot of batters for Double-A Reading so far this season, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
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Bound for Double-A to begin season
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
February 20, 2018
Kilome is expected to begin the 2018 season at Double-A Reading, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Joins 40-man roster
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AA
November 20, 2017
Kilome was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster Monday.
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