By Jerry Del Priore
In effort to bolster their minor system, and dump some salary, the New York Mets dealt infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the Philadelphia Phillies for Double-A pitcher Franklyn Kilome Friday.
Kilome jumped to the number 5 prospect spot in the Mets’ organization following the deal.
The 23-year-old Dominican Republic native was 4-6 with a 4.24 ERA with 83 strike outs and 51 walks in 102 innings in 19 game starts with Double-A Redding in 2018.
The Phillies signed the six-foot-six-inch right hander out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 and was the Phillies’ No. 10 prospect.
New York front office brass considers Kilome a raw talent with a fastball that touches the upper-90s, accompanied by a curveball that MLB Pipeline states “often flashes plus.”
The Mets will likely ship Kilome to Double-A Binghamton.
Cabrera, 32, and a free agent at the end of the campaign, was enjoying a solid season with New York, slashing .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI in 375 at-bats, often coming through in the clutch for the Mets.