New Met - LHP - Sean Gilmartin

Sean Gilmartin
Sean Patrick Gilmartin
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 190 lb.
Born: May 8, 1990 in Thousand Oaks, California, US (Age 24.217) 
High School: Crespi Carmelite HS (Encino, CA)
School: Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from Crespi Carmelite HS (Encino, CA) and the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (28th) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL).

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The surprising part of the Ryan Doumit trade wasn’t that the Atlanta Braves added another catcher. The surprising part was that they added another catcher – a backup, no less – at the expense of Sean Gilmartin, a left-handed pitcher who was their Round 1 draftee in June 2011.
Which tells us: The Braves had seen enough of Gilmartin to believe that he would never pitch significant innings for them. Otherwise they wouldn’t have given up on a 23-year-old lefty to land a 32-year-old backup catcher.
Under Frank Wren, the Braves don’t mess around with pitchers. If they decide a guy isn’t good enough – or has topped out, or has lost whatever it was they thought he had – they’ll get rid of him. They won’t keep Running Him Out There. (They save that approach for underperforming big-ticket position players.) They’ll dump him for whatever they can get and let him become someone else’s project.
On June 14, 2008, Charlie Morton – who was then seen as a prized minor-league arm – made his somewhat heralded Braves’ debut. On June 3, 2009, the demoted-to-Class-AAA Morton was shipped to Pittsburgh in the Nate McLouth trade. (Update: Morton, who just turned 30, had a pretty fair year for the Pirates in 2013, albeit after a series of unimpressive ones.)
On July 12, 2011, Braves representative Jair Jurrjens pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the All-Star Game. On April 24, 2012, he was sent to Gwinnett after starting the season 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA. He would log only seven more big-league games for the Braves. In November 2012, he was allowed – at age 26 – to become a free agent. (Update: Jurrjens signed with Baltimore, worked 7 1/3 big-innings last summer and was cut. He then signed with Detroit, the team that had developed him, but was cut again.)
When the Braves sour on a pitcher, they usually have cause. According to Keith Law of ESPN Insider, Gilmartin was a No. 1 pick – so maybe the Braves whiffed there, huh? – who was showing no signs of becoming even a No. 4 starter. Writes Law: "Gilmartin's fastball sits mostly 87-89 mph with a decent changeup, below-average breaking ball and good control … He might be a fifth starter, although it's hard to see him even being average in the majors with fringy stuff and no out pitch."
As for Doumit: He’s another bit of insurance in case Evan Gattis, whose up-from-oblivion story sometimes seems too good to be true, turns out to be less glorious in large doses. Like Gattis, Doumit is a better hitter than defender. The defender remains the prospect Christian Bethancourt, who doesn’t hit very much. It might seem as if the Braves have a slew of catchers – don’t forget Gerald Laird, another backup – but the reality is that they don’t yet have one that they can trust over 130 games. In sum, they don’t have the Brian McCann of 2010.


Mack Ade said...

Sean Gilmartin, as a starter in 2014:

vs. RH:

.285/.353/.409, 9 HR, 40 BB, 84 K (454 PA)

vs. LH:

.201/.219./.235, 0 HR, 4 BB, 49 K (156 PA)

here's your lefty reliever

Lew Rhodes said...

Amen Mack - no 1st round pedigree for us - he is LOOGY #2.

And it looks like he will be good in that role.

Add him to the competition.

Lew Rhodes said...

Just noticed - 49K's in 156 PA's - that is Leather Rocket territory!

Jeff Roland said...

"Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft". thats in the header of the post

u might want to change that (31st pick in the first round). hey, this is the whole mets winter, dont cheat us this at least!

Thomas Brennan said...

Lew, not sure where you saw that. Gilmartin is not a K guy - he has 356 in 431 career minor league innings.

Anonymous said...


He was drafted twice.....Once in 2008 as a high schooler in the 31st round and did not sign. Then again in 2011 in the 1st round (28th pick)


He is referencing Gilmartin's K rate against lefties only.

Gilmartin has been flat out dominant against lefties in his minor league career.

2012: .185 AVG against, .506 OPS, 48 K, 3 BB
2013: .219 AVG against, .635 OPS, 31 K, 5 BB
2014: .201 AVG against, .454 OPS, 49 K, 4 BB

Lew Rhodes said...

Thomas - Look at the stats Mack posted - he struck out 33% of the LHH he faced last year.

Thomas Brennan said...

OK, sorry, guys, did not see the reference to lefties on those Ks.

He does seem good enough on the minor league level vs. lefties to give hope he can be a LOOGIE. Righties cause him issues so he might be exclusively LOOGIE.

That's why I hope Leathersich figures out his lefty issues, because he is much tougher on righties than Gilmartin. if Jack was called in to pitch to a lefty and the other team switched to a righty hitter, he would not be at a disadvantage like Gilmartin appears he would be.

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