The Mets traded their veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to their divisional rivals in Philadelphia for prospect Franklyn Kilome and the fanfare was not particularly huge. Essentially, the Mets have given up a rental on a player they were likely going to allow to leave in Free Agency in exchange for a pitcher with “Ace” caliber stuff. It is possible and even likely that he doesn’t reach the majors as a starter but one should never look a gift horse in the mouth and getting a 1st Tier prospect for Cabrera is nothing short of a gift.
The Good: An athletic 6’6” frame and a solid mid 90s fastball combine to give Kilome a powerful basic weapon against any hitter. Additionally, he has a well rated curveball and a slider that can be used to change the pace. He once through a knuckle curve but that seems to have been set aside in favor of throwing more strikes.
The Bad: Throwing strikes is not his best quality. Control has proven to be an issue for Kilome, particularly with his breaking pitches. To make matters worse, he lacks consistency with his changeup, which could be problematic if he wishes to hold onto his role as a starting pitcher.
The Outlook: The Mets now have two, similarly skilled starters in AA and that is exactly where the Mets needed to have their pitching depth. With Matt Harvey long out of town, Steven Matz looking completely lost and Zack Wheeler pitching himself into the front ranks of the trade market, the Mets need pitchers like Kilome to help fill out the future rotations behind the likes of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
Early Returns: In his first two starts for Binghamton Kilome managed to pitch solidly. His WHIP has stayed to a 1.11 level and he has limited his walks. The Mets will need to work with his control and develop a changeup quickly or else shift him into a relief role where he might be truly most effective.
Jeff McNeil still looks great – Maybe it isn’t to last but 10 games into his first Major League experience and McNeil looks to be doing his best to lock up a 2019 starting job. (Batting Line: .320/.452/.480)
Will Toffey has been solid – He’s off to a good start with his new team as he looks longingly at the eternally vacant spot left by David Wright in the majors. (Batting Line: .273/.418/.432 with the Mets)
Andres Gimenez likes AA just fine – The Met top prospect has looked particularly good over his last 10 games for the Rumble Ponies. (Last 10 Games: .371 BA, 3 BB, 4 K and 2 SB)
Justin Dunn is locked in – With the Mets thinking about parting ways with Wheeler, Dunn gives me lots to hope for. (Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB and 9 K)
Tim Tebow is still relevant – He keeps hitting and despite my gut feeling that it’ll never matter in the big leagues he looks like a competent baseball player. (Last 10 Games: .297 BA)
Levi Michael needs to do this in AAA or The Majors – It’s great to see Michael succeed in AA but at 27 the time is past for him to tear through AA. (Last 10 Games: .303 BA)
Joe Cavallaro brings some heat – He’s not an upper echelon talent pitcher but he’s getting guys out in Port St. Lucie. (Last 2 Starts: 17 K)
Tony Dibrell is the star of Columbia – He has some pretty spectacular strikeout numbers to boast about right now. (Last Start: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB and 10 K)
Wagner Lagrange looking good – He was one of a bevy of stars from 2017’s Kingsport squad but he’s one of the best performing of 2018. (Last 10 Games: .333 BA)
Jaison Vilera is ready for more – The Mets should think about testing Vilera in Columbia as he might be ready for Port St. Lucie in 2019. (Year Stats: 46.0 IP, 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 56 K)
Luis Santana continues his brilliant season – The 19 year old prospect has been one of the best offensive stories in the minor leagues this year. (Last 10 Games: .394 BA and 4 SB)
Here comes Mark Vientos – A player that Mets360 typically ranks in the Top 10 of Met prospects, Vientos is on an incredible tear. (Last 10 Games: .429 BA, 4 HR, and 1 SB)
Ronny Mauricio slows down – For a player who has hit 19 extra base hits in his first 38 games (at 17 years of age) we can accept a little slump. (Last 10 Games: .256 BA)