No. 10: RHP Franklyn Kilome
I’ve been a fan of Franklyn Kilome’s since I first started writing about the Phillies two years ago on my own self-started blog that was absolute garbage. Even now I’m still a fan of everything Kilome has to offer, he just hasn’t had the breakout year that puts him on the radar.
In 16 starts with High-A Clearwater this year, Kilome has a 2.59 ERA, 3.56 fielding-independent pitching, and 1.36 WHIP. In 80 innings he has struck out 68 and walked 32 batters. A lot of his batted ball numbers are similar to last year in Lakewood, but his lowered strikeout rate has hurt his more advanced numbers.
Kilome’s control has always been the limiting factor of his development as he continues to walk batters at a poor rate. His above-average stuff and strikeout ability have allowed him to succeed, but that will run out as he faces more advanced hitters.
Kilome has a high-90s fastball and plus curve that offer a solid one-two punch. He’s developing a changeup, but it hasn’t become the effective third pitch he needs to be a starter. Without that chanegup, his ceiling is limited in the rotation, and if he can’t find his control, he could wind up in the bullpen. However, the potential is there, if all the pieces fit together, to be an effective mid-to-top of the rotation starter in the future.
Since Kilome was signed in 2013, he will have to be protected from the Rule 5 draft this offseason. There’s no reason to think he would be left unprotected as he could likely be stashed away in a bullpen and has more than enough potential to warrant interest from other teams.