I guess we can call Jacob Waguespack and Franklyn Kilome AAA starters going into the 2018 season. Just barely though!
Waguespack, in his only AAA start to end the 2017 season, pitched a seven inning, one-run, seven strikeout gem in losing 1-0 in the International League post season. Watch HERE for several of his strikeouts. Had the Lehigh Valley IronPigs won that game, Kilome would have been the next day starter making his AAA debut in the deciding game of the best-of-five semi-finals.
But Kilome did do a payback for both of them earlier this week. On Wednesday night for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League, he struck out Yankee farmhand Mike Ford. It was Ford who hit the game winning home run off of Waguespack in the seventh inning of the Sept 10th playoff game which would eliminate the IronPigs from the playoffs.
Watch HERE starting at the 57 second mark of the video where Kilome, No. 75, gets Ford on a swinging strike three as he sends the bat flying in frustration.
In two starts in the DWL so far, Kilome has pitch seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven. Combined Waguespack and Kilome have allowed only three runs in their last 14 innings striking out 14.
If the Phillies are going to be at least a .500 team in 2018 they are going to need quality starts at some point from the likes of the soon to be 24-year-old Waguespack and the 22-year-old Kilome.
These two, towering 6’6″ pitchers with mid 90’s heat are two of the tallest starters in baseball. They are two of the tough competitors. We look forward to seeing them work in spring training.
I predict, they will make trips to Philadelphia at some point during the upcoming season. They both have major league stuff!