Sean Gilmartin.

Sean Gilmartin.

Sean Gilmartin

The inevitable and inevitable


Selected by the Braves in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 June Draft out of Florida State University…went 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA (120.1-IP, 28-ER) in 18 apps (17 starts) as a junior, earning first team Baseball America All-American honors…helped lead the Seminoles to the College World Series in 2010, starting the opener against TCU…his father, Paul; brother, Michael; and two uncles also played professional baseball…previously selected by the Padres in the 31st round of the 2008 June Draft out of Crespi Carmelite (Calif.) High School, but did not sign.

)Gilmartin isn't flashy, but his total package should take him off the board in the first 50 picks as one of the draft's safest selections. A two-way talent out of a California high school, he attended a camp at Florida State and wound up being one of the Seminoles' rare cross-country recruits. He has pitched on Fridays for three seasons and helped lead Florida State to the College World Series last season, though he struggled putting hitters away in the second half of the season and last summer with USA Baseball's college national team. Gilmartin has improved significantly in the last year and become a scouts' darling with his combination of good size (6-foot-2, 192 pounds), clean arm action and solid athleticism. He has pushed his fastball into the average velocity range at 88-91 mph, his changeup remains a plus pitch and his slider has improved to average. Gilmartin knows how to use his stuff, particularly his changeup, how to set up hitters and how to keep them off-balance. His 10-1, 1.35 season includes four double-digit strikeout efforts. Scouts compare Gilmartin favorably to Vanderbilt southpaw Mike Minor, who went seventh overall to the Braves in 2009 and reached the majors a season later. (Source:


Made his first career Opening Day roster and made his major league debut on April 10 at Atlanta (against the team that originally drafted him) with 0.2 scoreless innings and one strikeout...Selected by the Mets in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft from the Minnesota Twins....Righthanders hit .216 (25-116) and lefties were 25-96 (.260)...With RISP, opponents batted .236 (13-55)...Allowed two home runs over 57.1 innings...Finished with 21 strikeouts over his last 13 games (20.2 innings)...Earned first major league victory on June 14 vs. Atlanta with 2.0 scoreless innings...Did not allow a run the entire month of June while holding hitters to a .097 batting average against (10 games, 9.2 innings pitched, three hits)...Overall, did not permit a run in 13 consecutive games from May 27-July 4 (11.2 innings, 11 strikeouts)...Tossed a bullpen season-high 3.1 innings on August 24 at Philadelphia to pick up the win....Made his first major league start on October 1 at Philadelphia...Suffered the loss...Allowed two earned runs over 5.0 innings.

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