The Braves have signed first round pick Sean Gilmartin, the left-hander from Florida State and the 28th overall pick in the June draft, the club announced Friday.
Gilmartin signed for $1.13 million, right at the slot recommendation for the No. 28 overall pick. He reported Friday to the Braves complex in Orlando to begin a throwing program.
“I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to sign,” Gilmartin said.it’s been my lifelong goal, ever since I can remember. “The first time I picked up a baseball, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to play professional baseball, not just professional baseball but major league baseball as well. It’s just another step to me achieving my goal of being a Major League baseball player and playing in the major leagues for 15-plus years.”
Gilmartin visited Turner Field during the Braves’ most recent homestand.
The 6-2, 195-pounder from Moorpark, Calif. was first-team All-ACC for Florida State and has been their front-line starter for three seasons. Gilmartin went 12-1 with a 1.83 ERA to tie for the ACC lead in the wins this past season as a junior. He struck out 122 and walked only 20 in 113 1/3 innings.
“Sean is quality left-handed pitcher with great makeup and an excellent selection of pitches,” Braves director of scouting Tony DeMacio 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.”