Pitcher Franklyn Kilome of the Clearwater Threshers was just profiled on MiLB. Lehigh Valley’s pitcher Tom Eshelman got the nod as International League Player of the Month and one of ten MiLB Top Players of May. Not to be outdone Reading’s Scott Kingery and Lakewood’s Nick Fanti joined Eshelman as MiLB Players of the Month for May.
Can’t do much better than that as an organization.
Read about Eshelman HERE.
Read about Eshelman, Kingery and Fanti HERE.
Baseball Betsy and I were at Spectrum Field last evening to watch Kilome. He was coming off a win in his previous start on the road against the St Lucie Mets where he pitched seven shutout innings giving up five hits and striking out six.
We waited through an hour weather delay to start the first game of a twilight night double header against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Franklyn may not have had his best command but he pitched five shutout innings allowing only one hit and struck out four. Watch his four strikeouts HERE.
To start the game, he struck out former Phillies outfielder Peter Bourgos and then got former Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos to ground out.
Eight of Kilome’s ten outs on balls in play were grounders including inducing a double play in the third to help keep the Stone Crabs off the board.
He did not factor in the decision as the Stone Crabs went on to win the game 1-0 scoring a run in the seventh inning.
Kilome is a battler and even when he struggled, throwing 93 pitches only 53 for strikes last evening, he still kept the other side off the scoreboard and gave his team a chance to win. He now has pitched 15 straight shutout innings over his last three starts.
With the likes of Kilome, Eshelman, and Fanti on the mound and Kingery at second base at the minor league levels, the Phillies are getting well stocked with prospects for the future.