Kilome was emerging as one of the better arms in the Phillies system in 2017-2018 as he began to grow into an extra-gangly 6-foot-6 frame. He had a rocky first half of last year and was acquired by the Mets in the Asdrubal Cabrera deal right before the deadline. He pitched well upon moving to New York’s system but blew out at the end of the year, going down with Tommy John surgery and unlikely to get back in games until the middle of 2020.
That makes it much more likely the 23-year-old righty moves to the ‘pen long-term. His size, stuff, and lack of consistent third pitch or control had already made that a possibility, but now it looks like the best way to fast-track Kilome after significant missed time. His stuff pre-injury was loud enough to potentially fit in high-leverage situations, starting with a mid-90s fastball that touched the 96-97 mph range even as a starter. His hard low-80s curveball flashed swing-and-miss action, and while the changeup has long been inconsistent, he made strides with the pitch down the stretch last year.