Franklyn Kilome was your selection as the #6 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Kilome garnered 37% of the votes and edged Sixto Sanchez by 3 votes. Dylan Cozens (10%) edged Rhys Hoskins for third place by 2 votes.
Franklyn Kilome signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on January 22. 2013. He began his professional career with the GCL Phillies in 2014. Kilome showed flashes his first season but was limited by an injury to 49.1 innings in Williamsport in 2015.
Going into his third season with Lakewood, Kilome added some muscle and weight to his 6’6 frame. He pitched a career high 114.2 innings and recorded a career best 10.2 K/9. Kilome possesses a plus-plus fastball. I’ve seen him throw 94-97 mph and have read reports that he throws harder. He uses his height to throw on a downward plane and keeps the ball low in the strike zone. He has a nice curve ball and is working on a third pitch, a change up.
One anecdote I like to relate happened on Ashburn Field during XST before he reported to Williamsport in 2015. Kilome was pitching well and an opposition batter bunted for a base hit. Kilome darted off the mound on the third base side, fielded the ball, and his right foot slipped as he prepared to throw the ball. He didn’t make the throw, but was annoyed with himself for losing his footing. Kilome took the mound, glared at the next three batters, and struck all three out.
Kilome needs to control the zone a little better. His 3.9 BB/9 was a career high. If he can lower that and make batters earn their way on base, Kilome can approach the high ceiling that a lot of forecasters see for him.
Next up is your selection for the #7 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
Don’t forget to visit the poll in 2017 Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 Poll – Additional Prospects Poll to cast your ballot for the prospects you think should be added to the remaining polls. Over 3500 votes have been cast so far. If you’ve already participated, thank you. The leaders remain Ben Lively, Andrew Pullin, Carlos Tocci, Jose Pujols, and Jesse Valentin. Lively has by far been listed on the most ballots. The poll will close Friday night.