Righthander Franklyn Kilome, the Mets’ top prize from their trades over the summer, had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced. He will miss the 2019 season.
Acquired in late July from the Phillies for Asdrubal Cabrera, Kilome, 23, had a strong season in Double-A, posting a 4.18 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 26 starts (140 innings). Those numbers were even better in seven starts with Binghamton, the Mets’ Double-A club: 4.03 ERA, 1.08 WHIP.
MLB Pipeline ranks Kilome as the Mets’ No. 5 prospect.
“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,” MLB Pipeline wrote in its scouting report of Kilome. “His changeup has improved and it could eventually become an average third pitch, something softer to disrupt hitters’ timing.”
The torn ulnar collateral ligament in Kilome’s right elbow is a blow to the Mets’ pitching depth in the upper minors, which was weak in 2018 but had been shaping up to be better in 2019.
Freeport’s Justin Dunn, a righty, also is part of that group, having reached Double-A in the second half of the past season.