"I'm from about 25 minutes north of here and I have a bunch of family in California [in addition to his immediate family]," Kilby said.
"Going to San Jose, my grandparents live there. Down south, my aunt and uncle live there. In Modesto, my other aunt and uncle live there."
Kilby also is looking forward to the temperate California climate and the lack of rain or humidity.
"I'm looking forward to the great weather, as well as having all of the comforts of home."
"I felt I was a lot better prepared physically, weight-wise [at the start of camp this year]. I don't think I was ready throwing-wise. I feel ready now, but I didn't go into camp throwing as hard as I should have been. I think I took a little too much time off from throwing," Kilby said.
That slow spring start hasn't slowed down Kilby's strikeout pace at all. Kilby has made two appearances thus far for the Ports and he has whiffed seven batters in only four innings.
In his first appearance, Kilby was hung with a tough-luck blown save when he was victimized by four Stockton errors that led to two unearned runs. However, Kilby recovered to throw two scoreless innings in his next outing, striking out four and walking one. Although he was used as the closer in his first appearance, Kilby was the set-up man in his second appearance. He expects that he will be used in both roles this season.
"I think we are closer-by-committee right now. There are three guys - me, Jason Ray and Rob Semerano - who are probably going to take turns in that role," Kilby said.
Kilby is unique as a closer in that he is a left-handed pitcher. Teams often try to stack their right-handed hitters against Kilby in the ninth when they can, but he feels comfortable facing hitters on both sides of the plate.
"I pretty much stick with my same approach to hitters on both sides of the plate. I start with my fastball, try to get ahead in the count and maybe let my defense work," Kilby said.
"I am going to stick with my same three pitches [no matter who I face], fastball, change-up, slider."