First-round draft pick Sean Gilmartin is expected to make his Braves debut late next week in the Gulf Coast League, according to Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp.
Gilmartin, the Braves’ 28th overall pick in the draft out of FSU, signed for $1.134 million three weeks ago and has been building up his arm strength in Orlando after taking a six-week break from the mound. He is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game on Monday and two innings in his debut later in the week.
The Braves hope he can get in five or six starts before the season is out, moving up from the GCL to Single-A Rome.
Gilmartin, 6-1, 195 pounds, from Moorpark, Calif., was first-team All-ACC for Florida State. He went 12-1 with a 1.83 ERA last season to tie for the ACC lead in the wins as a junior. He struck out 122 and walked only 20 in 113 1/3 innings.