Kilome looked poised to move higher up prospect lists after showing signs of turning the corner in 2017, but a so-so first half dropped him to #102 on our recent Midseason Top 125 Prospects. He just turned 23 and is still plenty young; despite control struggles in Double-A this year, the Mets thought enough of his upside to trade Asdrubal Cabrera for Kilome one-for-one at the July Trade Deadline.
An imposing 6’6’’ frame generates easy velocity and natural angle from an athletic full-windup delivery. The fastball sits in the mid-90s and touches 96-97 at best, though aligning his long limbs enough to repeat his mechanics and command the pitch is still something he needs to improve. A power curveball in the 78-to-82 range is a swing/miss pitch at best with sharp down action, but the consistency isn’t always there and it can back up on him. While more crude than the first two pitches, his mid-80s changeup also shows some promise.
Kilome’s ceiling is still very high, and the rosiest outlook still pegs him as a potential mid-rotation starter who just will take a bit longer to figure out his big body and mechanics. I wouldn’t rule that out, and the Mets certainly will give a pitcher with a FV 55 ceiling every chance to figure it out in the rotation. The raw stuff could be elite playing up in the bullpen, and there’s the chance to pitch high-leverage relief innings if the control and pitchability aren’t enough to start.