At the end of last season, Baseball America named Franklyn Kilome as No. 10 prospect in the Phillies organization. He pitched well in the Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructs considering he had not pitched in the Dominican Summer League.
Baseball Betsy and I got to know the tall, 6’6″ right hander during last season and consider him a good friend. So when Baseball America named him to its top Phillies prospect list, we went out and picked up an extra copy of its January 2015 edition where he was listed.
When we first saw him at the start spring training we gave him a copy. He thanked us and said he would show it to his family back in the Dominican Republic.
On Saturday, Franklyn made a spring training appearance over at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa. There was Baseball America to video his outing and they put it up on their Facebook page for all of us to see. We were unable to make the game but on Sunday we told him that BA had reported that he hit 97 miles per hour on the speed gun. His eyes opened wide and he said he never threw that hard before. He was excited as we were for him.
It is times like this to be able give a pat on the back to a young player like Franklyn Kilome that makes going to the minor league complex so worth while. BA reported that his fastball sat at 91-94 but that one time he hit 97 will never be forgotten by Franklyn and all of us who hang out at the Carpenter Complex.