LAWRENCEVILLE — After joining the Gwinnett Braves clubhouse and dugout Thursday, Sean Gilmartin officially joined the team Friday, adding another pitcher to a rotation in flux.
The 2011 first-round draft pick of the Braves, Gilmartin spent all of this season with Class AA Mississippi until his call-up. He made the Southern League All-Star team with a with a 5-6 record and a 3.17 ERA. He is 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA since the break and 5-8 with a 3.54 ERA on the year. He has struck out 86 and walked 26 in his 20 starts. Gwinnett also added pitcher Peter Moylan to its roster and disabled list and signed free agent infielder Rusty Ryal, who was released by the Diamondbacks this week while playing for Class AAA Reno. The Braves also signed veteran pitcher Miguel Batista and, reportedly, sent him to the G-Braves. Like Gilmartin, that move was not made official Friday.
“It definitely is (exciting), getting called up is a good thing,” Gilmartin said Friday.
Gilmartin hasn't changed much about his approach since the Braves drafted him out of Florida State, just working on improving maintaining his pitches and perfecting his slider's appearance and the tightness of his curveball. He pitches off his fastball and also throws a change-up.
“Fastball command is a big part of my game and everything like that,” he said. “You kind of have to have fastball command in order to work with everything else, that's where it all stems off with me.”
With the release of starter Eric Junge on Thursday and the major-league trade deadline looming, when Gilmartin will make is G-Braves debut is still a question. The team doesn't list any starters for its next four games.
Gilmartin's turn comes Sunday, the same day as Julio Teheran's turn in the rotation.
But whenever the time comes for the Braves' No. 5 prospect according to MLB, Gilmartin said he is ready for the challenge.
“It's just a way to get better,” the lefty said. “You are seeing more experienced hitters up here than you were in double-A. In double-A you were seeing more experienced hitters than you saw in college or low-A, everywhere you go it's going to get a little tougher. I think I am ready for it. I am ready to go.”