The New York Mets announced today that Franklyn Kilomé has undergone Tommy John Surgery and will miss the entire 2019 season. The Mets acquired Kilomé in the deal that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 27. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in January 2013.
Kilomé — the fifth-ranked prospect in the team’s farm system — made seven starts for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies following the trade. He allowed 19 runs (17 earned) in 38 innings while striking out 42 and walking 10. He finished the year with a 4.03 ERA, a 3.17 FIP, and a 1.08 WHIP in Binghamton.
Prior to that, the 23-year-old Kilomé pitched for the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils and posted a 4.24 ERA, a 4.33 FIP, and a 1.44 WHIP in 102 innings as a starter. He was was able to improve on his strikeout rate (from 18.8% to 27.1%) while lowering his walk rate (from 11.6% to 6.5%) following the trade, albeit in a smaller sample size.
Kilomé will join Thomas Szapucki and Jordan Humphreys as top-ranked Mets pitching prospects who are currently recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Given the timing of the operation and the estimated recovery time, Kilomé should be ready to pitch by the start of the 2020 season.