I like to take a look at minor league prospect rankings to project possible future trades, drafts, international free agent signings and so forth and then compare them to what I saw at the actual games I attended. We recently blogged about recent rankings by different groups who follow the minor leagues.
I do pay attention to the Top Ten rankings by Baseball American and Baseball Prospectus. These websites are experts in projecting talent in minor league baseball. These two sites actually do scouting and give us a good idea of where young prospects rank in a minor league system.
Josh Norris of Baseball American did the report and chat on their Phillies 2015 Top Ten Prospects and this is what he had to say about Phillies minor league pitcher Franklyn Kilome who was ranked 10th:
Norris: “He’s a very intriguing guy, and that’s reflected in his ranking. They worked hard with him to rebuild his delivery, and it paid off. The Phillies believe he has the best upside of any pitcher not named Nola. He’s got three pitches that project to be at least average in the future, and could be a No. 3 starter.”
Though not in the FanGraph’s Top Ten Phillies Prospects, Kiley McDaniel has Kilome in 13th place and praises him below:
13. Franklyn Kilome, RHP:
“The super-projectable 6’6/175 Kilome was a complete unknown that popped up this year in the GCL, sitting 87-90 in some early appearances, eventually working up to 90-93 and hitting 94 mph in instructs this fall. He already flashes an above average slider and average changeup. He has some feel to command his stuff and also has broadness to his frame, so he could add a lot of strength and potentially velocity as well. Everyone that’s seem Kilome pitch raves about his upside: he could become almost anything in the next few years.”
See Here for FanGraph’s December 9th evaluation of the top Phillies prospects including Kilome and another young pitcher Elniery Garcia.
We watched Kilome pitch in GCL and Instruct games this Summer and Fall. He is a lean, lanky 6’6″, 175 lbs,, right handed, 19 year-old who will turn 20 in June. He showed a low 90’s fastball and a big breaking pitch shown in these two videos in his final appearance of the 2014 season against the Blue Jays Instructs. See Here and Here. Kilome will only get better as he develops in 2015.
Baseball Prospectus provided an extensive write-up on their Top Ten Phillies Prospect List which included left-handed pitcher Elniery Garcia who was ranked ninth by them, See Here. The left-hander just turn 20 years-old on Christmas Eve and made rapid progress at Instructs during the four weeks in September and early October. When his fastball was in the low 90’s to go with his curve ball he was unhittable. He developed a sinker which induced several soft contact double play ground balls. Videos on Garcia are available Here on the Baseball Betsy YouTube channel.
My tip of the cap goes to Franklyn Kilome and Elniery Garcia for each making a well respected Top Ten Prospect List. We will be watching closely these two young pitching prospects continue to develop in the upcoming 2015 Phillies minor league spring training camp.
Note: the Phillies prospect rankings of Baseball American and Baseball Prospectus were released prior to the Major League Winter Meetings, Dec. 7-11.