Kilome (elbow) was optioned to the Mets' minor-league camp Tuesday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
Kilome will be sidelined all season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, so his assignment to minor-league camp is merely procedural. He could revert to the 60-day injured list at some point in 2019 when the Mets need to open up an extra spot on the 40-man roster.
Kilome underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
This is a tough break for Kilome and the Mets, as the 23-year-old -- who was acquired from the Phillies back in July in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera -- will now be sidelined until the 2020 season. The big right-hander spent all of the 2018 campaign at Double-A, posting a combined 4.18 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 125:61 K:BB across 26 starts (140 innings) between Reading and Binghampton.
Kilome was traded from the Phillies to the Mets on Friday in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Kilome looks the part of an innings-eating starter (6-foot-6, roughly 190 pounds) and has power stuff, but inconsistency has plagued him at every minor-league stop, and his shaky command portends an eventual move to the bullpen. He has a 4.24 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and an 83:51 K:BB in 102 innings (19 starts) at Double-A this year. The Mets will undoubtedly continue to develop him as a starter for now, but his most realistic path to fantasy relevance would be as a late-inning reliever.
Kilome is striking out and walking a lot of batters for Double-A Reading so far this season, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Kilome's strikeout rate sits at 28.8 percent while his walk rate is 10.2 percent. The walks are hardly a surprise, as the 6-foot-6 righty has posted a walk rate above nine percent at every stop since 2015. The strikeout rate, however, is a career high and a promising sign that Kilome could be harnessing his potential. The command issues are expected for a young pitcher of his size, but the 22-year-old has the potential to overcome the walks if he strikes out enough batters. He projects as a mid-rotation starter with a mid-90s fastball and a plus curve, but he'll need some changeup and command development to get there.
Kilome is expected to begin the 2018 season at Double-A Reading, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
After being added to the Phillies' 40-man roster in November, Kilome is attending big-league spring training, but he isn't being considered for an Opening Day roster spot. Instead, the 6-foot-6 right-hander will head back to the Eastern League after struggling with his control in a five-start sample with Reading late last season. Kilome's big frame and live arm give him a chance at eventually developing into a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues, though his inconsistent mechanics make a bullpen assignment for likely.
Kilome was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster Monday.
The move effectively protects Kilome, who is one of the team's top pitching prospects, from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He posted a respectable 2.83 ERA between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading, but his 103:52 K:BB over 127 innings shows there is still room for him to improve before making the jump to Triple-A.
Kilome was promoted to Double-A Reading, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Kilome was 6-4 with a 2.59 ERA and an 83:37 K:BB in 97.1 innings for High-A Clearwater this season. The 7.7 K/9 at Clearwater is a bit of a disappointment for a guy who throws in the mid-90s, but that could be a sign his offspeed pitches need more work. Kilome has to be added to the Phillies' 40-man roster this winter to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
Kilome, 22, has a 2.64 ERA and 65:28 K:BB through 75 innings at High-A Clearwater.
Kilome has been a tad wild of late, walking at least two batters in each of his last six outings. Still, he has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts, managing to limit the damage overall. His strikeout rate is down a bit from a season ago, though, which certainly bears monitoring.
Kilome, 21, has a 2.51 ERA and 28:5 K:BB through 28.2 innings for High-A Clearwater.
The improved control is most notable, as Kilome walked 50 batters in 114.2 innings in 2016 at Low-A. Kilome's prospect status will take a big step forward if this improvement is for real.
Kilome, 21, has a 3.12 ERA and 69:22 K:BB in his last 52 innings for Low-A Lakewood.
That 10-start span has seen Kilome's ERA fall from 5.09 to 4.01 on the year. He remains raw, and can still struggle with control at times, but the strikeout potential is evident. Kilome has 113 strikeouts in 101 innings this season.
Kilome, 21, has a 3.17 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his last 54 innings with Low-A Lakewood.
He gave up 17 earned runs in his first three starts and has given up 19 earned runs in his last 13 starts, so his 4.46 ERA doesn't quite illustrate how good he has been for the majority of 2016. He is still walking too many people (27 walks in last 54 innings), but few pitchers in the lower levels can match Kilome's raw stuff. If his command/control takes a step forward in the coming seasons, he'll start to realistically profile at the front of the Phillies' rotation.
Kilome allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings for Low-A Lakewood on Friday. He struck out five and walked one.
Kilome got off to a terrible start to the season allowing 17 runs over three starts in April. He's turned things around in May with a 2.33 ERA and a 25:7 K:BB in 27 innings.
Low-A Lakewood pitching coach Brian Sweeney said he is working with Kilome on coordinating the mechanics of his delivery, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "He has those long arms and legs," Sweeney said. "He's a tall kid. It's hard to get that body working together all in one piece. That's what we're trying to do. We're trying to get his legs working properly and hopefully the upper body will come along with it. It's a challenge."
Kilome, who is 6-foot-6, has struggled at Low-A Lakewood thus far. The 20-year-old is 0-3 with a 15.83 ERA and a 7:10 K:BB in 9.2 innings. He has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the Phillies' system given his big frame and mid-90s fastball, but he clearly has some work to do to reach his potential.
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