A few years ago, Franklyn Kilome was considered the top pitching prospect in the Phillies farm system. Now, other arms have taken over at the top, but Kilome remains one of the better pitchers in the system.
This is Kilome’s second year in Double-A and he hasn’t shown the same dominance as he had in the lower levels. So far this season, Kilome has a 4.35 ERA, 4.49 FIP, and 1.47 WHIP in 17 starts. He has suffered from control issues as he has walked 11.5 percent of opposing hitters while only striking out 18.7 percent. Kilome’s numbers have been better in recent starts (3.19 ERA and 1.32 WHIP since May 26) but he still hasn’t been great.
Even though he has struggled this season, I included Kilome largely due to the fact that he has a 40-man roster spot. When September rolls around, the Phillies will likely need every bullpen arm they can get.
There is thought that Kilome could thrive with a transition to the bullpen, similar to Seranthony Dominguez this season. Don’t be surprised if the team toys with that idea later on this year.