Mets pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome will miss the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, tweets MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. The right-hander was acquired in a straight-up swap that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the division-rival Phillies back in July, and he ranked fifth among Mets prospects on MLB.com’s latest rankings.
Kilome, 23, dramatically improved his K/BB numbers upon being traded from Philadelphia to New York, pitching to a 4.03 ERA with 9.9 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and 0.71 HR/9 with a 39.8 percent grounder rate in 38 frames with the Mets’ Double-A affiliate. He’s previously been ranked among the game’s Top 100 prospects by Baseball Prospectus and garnered praise from MLB.com’s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo for his upper 90s heater, a potentially plus curveball and his general makeup and intelligence on the mound.
Given Kilome’s 140 innings at the Double-A level in 2018, it’s not a reach to think he could’ve been a factor on the Mets’ staff at some point in mid-to-late 2019 had he remained healthy. Instead, the Mets won’t get a look at him until at least the 2020 season, though at the very least, he’ll be nearly 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery when Spring Training ’20 rolls around. That’s minimal consolation for a Mets club that’ll lose a full season of development for one of its most promising and most MLB-ready arms, though.