My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#28 – LHP Sean Gilmartin – 24-years old – 6-2, 190 – L/L – Florida State
Drafted in the 1st round by the Atlanta Braves in 2011
2011- 2/teams – 6-ST, 3.09, 0.99, 23.1-IP, 31-K
2012 – 2/teams – 27-ST, 3.54, 1.15, 157-IP, 111-K
2013 – 3/teams – 21-G, 20-ST, 5.06, 1.43, 105-IP, 81-K
2014 – 2-teams – 26-ST, 3.71, 1.30, 145.2-IP, 133-K
Dan Simpson of “Talking Chop’ said about Gilmartin when he was shipped by the Braves to the Twins:
Sean Gilmartin was Atlanta's first round pick in 2011, drafted 28th overall. It was seen as a bit of a reach at that point in the draft, but it wasn't a crazy pick. Gilmartin was a college guy that would sign quick and for cheap, two things the Braves were concerned with at the time.
Scouting reports on Gilmartin varied, with some saying he could be as good as a #3 starter and others saying he'd never be anything more than a back-end guy. The only things he really had going for him was his changeup, his makeup, and his control.
Though Gilmartin has an above-average changeup, his fastball is average at best, sitting in the upper80s. This means he must rely on control to get hitters out; if he can't hit his spots, he will struggle. Though Gilmartin has an advanced feel for his changeup, it isn't truly a "swing-and-miss" type offering, which leaves him with no real good out pitch. And that's not good.
Gilmartin was picked up this month in the Rule 5 Draft and just might be the answer to the Mets search for a second lefty out of the pen this season.
He has had trouble in 2012 and 2013, but put together an impressive stat line this past year in the combined AA and AAA market.
Opinion - This addition cost us a spot on the 40-man squad. Gonzalez Germen could make make the Mets 40-man. Jeffrey Walters was on the Mets 40-man. It's not like we have 40 studs overflowing our rosters right now.
It is a good shot in the dark and, him being an ex-college start that earned a first round pick got him 28th on my list alone. My guess, at some point, he will be returned, but we'll see.