Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 175 lb. Level: Eastern League (AA)
B/T: R/R Age: 6/25/95 (23) Age Dif: -1.4
Signed: International Free Agent from the Dominican Republic signed on 1/22/13 ($40,000 bonus)
Acquired: Obtained from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera (7/28/18)
Stats: 4-6, 4.24 ERA, 19 G, 19 GS, 102.0 IP, 83 K, 1.441 WHIP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.3 K/9
Baseball America Phillies Ranking: 10
Fangraphs Phillies Ranking: 5
MLB Pipeline Mets Ranking: 5
Entering this season, Kilome was a very well-regarded prospect who Baseball Prospectus ranked as the 68th prospect in all of baseball, which was higher than they had ranked the prospects in the Mets farm system.
While he may not have made other Top 100 lists, scouts were generally very high on Kilome. For example, MLB Pipeline said called him an intelligent player with good stuff, albeit one with work to do:
Pure stuff-wise, Kilome is as good as just about any pitching prospect in the system, with a fastball that touches the upper-90s consistently combined with a curve that often flashes plus. His changeup has improved and it could eventually become an average third pitch, something softer to distrupt hitters’ timing. He’s generally around the strike zone, though his command has been inconsistent as he is still learning to get all of his 6-foot-6 frame in sync on a regular basis. For as good as Kilome’s stuff is, he hasn’t missed as many bats as you would think. He needs to continue to learn how to sequence pitches and set up hitters more effectively so he can put them away more frequently.
Judging from Kilome’s stats this year, he still has the sequencing issues and inability to put batters away.
More than his sequencing issues, Kilome has to throw more strikes. So far this year, he is throwing just 60 perfect of his pitches for strikes. As a result, he frequently finds himself behind and deep in the count. For their part Baseball America attributes this to his difficulty in repeating his long delivery.
The end result, as noted by Keith Law of ESPN, is Kilome does have a tendency to leave his pitches up in the hitting zone. That said, when he’s right, Kilome is a dangerous pitcher with terrific stuff that can over-match opposing batters:
And Kilome has been right lately. In four of his last six starts, he has allowed two runs or fewer. During that stretch, he has five quality starts, and he’s pitched into the sixth inning in all but one start.
As Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports, the divide between his stuff and the uneven results he had the Phillies organization split over whether he was a number three starter or a bullpen arm. With this trade, that’s a debate which will happen in the Mets organization.
With Kilome reporting to Double-A Binghamton, it is now incumbent on pitching coach Frank Viola to help Kilome to start translating his promise into on the field performance. As noted, Viola has an eager and intelligent pupil.
In the end, if Kilome can reach his full potential, this will prove to be an absolute steal for a rental. This certainly has the makings of a solid trade, but only time will tell for sure.