Braves select FSU lefty Sean Gilmartin
Sean Gilmartin
Sean Gilmartin
The Atlanta Baseball Show Publisher
Posted Jun 6, 2011

The Braves took a college pitcher with their first pick in the amateur draft.

The Braves selected Florida State left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin with their first round pick Monday in the first-year player draft.

Gilmartin, taken with the 28th pick overall, has been compared to a left-hander the Braves are very familiar with - top prospect Mike Minor, who was the first round pick two years ago out of Vanderbilt.

The 6-2, 192-pound Gilmartin is 12-1 this season with a 1.35 ERA. In 113.1 innings, he has 122 strikeouts.

“We think he is an advanced pitcher ability-wise,” said scouting director Tony DeMacio. “He commands the fastball, especially, and he knows how to pitch. He trust everything that he throws.”

DeMacio admitted the Braves had other pitchers on their draft board, but when those pitchers went a few picks earlier, Gilmartin became the pick. The Braves saw Gilmartin this past weekend pitch for Florida State in the regional against Alabama.

“We moved him up the board based on what we saw,” DeMacio explained. “Some of the other pitchers that we liked were gone. He was our next guy.”

Gilmartin is originally from California. He attended FSU coach Mike Martin’s camp and became a three-year Saturday starter for the Seminoles. Gilmartin has a solid changeup and an improving slider to compliment a fastball that is usually in the 90-92 mph range.

“He commands the fastball, especially, and he knows how to pitch. He trust everything that he throws,” DeMacio said.

Gilmartin said on MLB Network that he admires Tom Glavine and Cole Hamels, two left-handers who obviously have had a lot of success in the big leagues. DeMacio said there are similarities.

“He fits in that same type of mold as those two guys,” said DeMacio, who was involved in drafting Glavine in 1984. “He really has more of a fastball than people think he has. We like the fact that he knows how to pitch.”

Gilmartin is still playing, as the Seminoles will now move on to the super regional. Once FSU’s season is over, the Braves will have to sign Gilmartin. If he signs well before the August 15 deadline, the lefty could see action in Rome before the end of the season.

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, GA and WCOH Fox Sports 1400 in Newnan, GA. Shanks is a columnist for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at and follow him on Twitter at

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