Friday, July 15, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Atlanta Braves have added another promising former college left-hander in their organization to go with Mike Minor, a fellow first-round draft choice.
A week after Sean Gilmartin visited Turner Field and said that he was ready to get going with his professional career, the Braves announced the signing of the Florida State pitcher on Friday. He received a bonus of $1.15 million.
Gilmartin, 21, was the 28th overall pick in the draft last month after going 12-1 with a 1.83 ERA as a junior at FSU and being named a first-team All-ACC selection. He had 122 strikeouts in 1131/3 innings.
Gilmartin, who last pitched in the NCAA Super Regionals more than a month ago, reported to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida on Friday to begin a throwing program. He will be assigned to a minor league team later.
"Sean is a quality left-handed pitcher with great makeup and an excellent selection of pitches," Tony DeMacio, the Braves' director of scouting, said in a statement. "We think he'll move fast through our system and we are real happy to reach an agreement. Sean is certainly a great addition to the Braves family."
Minor, from Vanderbilt, was the Braves' first-round pick in 2009.