The Braves have promoted first-round pick Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A Gwinnett. He’s scheduled to make his first start in Charlotte on Monday. The left-hander, chosen 28th overall out of Florida State by the Braves in 2011, was 5-8 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 starts for Double-A Mississippi. He limited batters to a .248 average, walked only 26 in 119 1/3 innings and struck out 86.
Gilmartin is following a similar trajectory to Mike Minor, another former college left-hander taken in the first round by the Braves. Minor, who was drafted No. 7 overall out of Vanderbilt in 2009, started his second season with the Braves (and first full professional season) in Mississippi, and was promoted to Gwinnett after 15 starts in Double-A that year. Minor was called up to Atlanta in August of 2010.
In Gilmartin’s case, though, indications are that this isn’t as much a move to prepare him for a major league call-up this season as it is to both challenge him and give him a month’s worth of work in Triple-A to prepare him going into next season.
The Gwinnett Braves released Eric Junge on Thursday. He was 6-8 with a 4.66 ERA in 19 starts for Gwinnett.