Franklyn Kilome garnered 56% of the vote as he was selected the #8 prospect in the organization. He got 242 of 432 votes cast (56%). Andrew Knapp finished second with 123 votes (28%). Big drop off to 25 votes for third place Zach Eflin after that.
Kilome was signed 5 months before his 18th birthday by the Phillies in January 2013. He was an international free agent from the Dominican Republic. He made his pro debut in 2014 in the GCL and pitched at low A Williamsport during 2015.
Kilome suffered a rib cage injury early in the season. I’ve read the discussion in the comments section the past few days regarding Kilome, and most of the negative opinions focus on his stat line for the season without any consideration of his injury. Others focus on his age/level (19/Low A) with no regard to the short term of his pro career (2 years). So, rather than write about his accomplishments here are some stories and excerpts on Kilome by people who are in the business and have seen him pitch.
Chris King filed a report on FanGraphs. Chris is an official scorer for the GCL. He also covers ST and XST in the Clearwater area and travels to various showcases throughout the country. He writes scouting reports for several online publications.
Mitch Rupert filed this story in August with the Sun Gazette. Mitch is the Crosscutters beat writer. This is just one story he filed. I follow him in-game on Twitter. Rupert and Ian Catherine of ESPN Radio Williamsport provided their observations on Kilome in an interview with Matt Winkelman.
In an October article on pitchers in the NY-Penn League, Carl Triano of SB Nation wrote,
“The Crosscutters get another pitching prospect on the list and it is Franklyn KIlome, the seventh ranked prospect in the Phillies system. Kilome was one of the most impressive arms I saw this season. He threw three shutout innings in Hudson Valley with an above average fastball. He threw 93-95 mph consistently with average off-speed pitches. If Kilome, only 20 years old, continues to develop there is potential for a top of the rotation arm.” Full disclosure compels me to add that the Hudson Valley game was Kilome’s first game back after his injury. This seems like an awfully favorable opinion based on 3 innings of work.
At Prospect 361, a prospect/fantasy site, a report was filed (by Rich Wilson, I think) that observed,
“At 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds, Franklyn Kilome has the type of physical projection that we write about all the time. In a nutshell, add some weight, clean up the pitching mechanics and leverage the athleticism and see what happens.
The bet seems to be paying off for the Phillies as Kilome is transforming himself and the results are now showing up on the diamond. In 11 starts in the New York Penn League, Kilome posted a 3.28 ERA, striking out 6.5 per nine while producing a 3 to 1 ground ball to fly ball ratio.
Scouting Report: I had a chance to see Kilome this year and he lit up my radar with plenty of 96’s and 97’s (sitting 92 to 95 MPH). It was a heavy, sinking fastball as well that batters could just not square. They beat pitch after pitch into the ground. His best secondary pitch is his 12 to 6 curve ball that looked really good. He couldn’t always throw it for strikes, but the shape and deception was impressive. His change-up needs work and he used the pitch sparingly.
Kilome has very simple and clean pitching mechanics. He has a high three-quarters delivery that given his size is truly impressive to see. If he could extend his stride, the added momentum would give his stuff even more life. Given the difficulties that batters have in squaring his stuff already, he could become unhittable along the lines of Tyler Glasnow.
While he has yet to pitch in a full season league, there is a lot to like with Kilome. The ceiling is a number two starter but he’s likely at least three years away from seeing Philadelphia.”
Josh Norris of Baseball America was in Clearwater when Kilome lit up the radar with a 97 MPH fastball before short season ball started. I spoke with Norris that day without knowing who he was, and a few weeks later at a Threshers game. He was impressed with Kilome.
Now, I’m not saying that you all should change your opinions of Kilome, or that he should be ranked higher. Personally, you could probably pull 4 through 10 out of a hat and come up with a fairly reasonable order. But, opinions based only on a stat line or based on an developmental level a prospect is supposed to have reached based on his age should consider all the information available.
So far the Top 30 looks like this:
- J.P. Crawford
- Nick Williams
- Jake Thompson
- Mark Appel
- “C” Randolph
- Roman Quinn
- Jorge Alfaro
- Franklyn Kilome
I have received a couple requests to add Jhailyn Ortiz, as well as requests for Severino Gonzalez, Reinier Roibal, Luis Encarnacion, Josh Tobias, Yacksel Rios, and Elvis Araujo. Requests also came in for Elvis Araujo and Jerad Eickhoff who are no longer rookie eligible. Some of these guys I hadn’t considered adding until later. A couple weren’t even going to make the poll.
Next week I’ll add Cord Sandberg, Aaron Brown, Jhailyn Ortiz, and Reinier Roibal. These are a mix of Other votes, e-mail requests, and gut feeling. The others will remain under consideration for addition around 15.
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Next up is your selection for the #9 prospect in the organization. #10 will be posted Monday morning. Enjoy your weekend.