MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Kilome will miss the entire 2019 season and will likely have a late start to the 2020 season as well.
The Mets acquired Kilome from the Phillies in late July in exchange for infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera. At the time of the trade, Kilome was the Phillies’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He is currently No. 5 in the Mets’ system.
In 140 innings between Double-A Reading (Phillies) and Binghamton (Mets), Kilome posted a 4.18 ERA with a 125/61 K/BB ratio. If he hadn’t undergone surgery, Kilome likely would have been called up in September 2019 when rosters expanded. He might have also been able to debut earlier if the Mets’ had issues with other pitchers suffering injuries. Now he’ll have to set his sights on 2020.