Atlanta’s top pick successful in Arizona
Starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (2) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Greenville Drive on August 16, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Gilmartin was Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State. Making his second start of the season, he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)
Lefty starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin, the Atlanta Braves’ No. 1 pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is picking up steam in the Arizona Fall League.
Gilmartin, who was called up to Rome in August and pitched a game at Fluor Field against the Greenville Drive, allowed one run on four hits over five innings and struck our four in his latest outing for the Surprise Saguaros.
(I wasn’t sure what a saguaro is, but wikipedia says it’s “a large, tree-sized cactus species . . . native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona.” Makes sense.)
Anyway, Gilmartin has struck out 14 and walked just three in his four starts in the AFL.
Other Atlanta prospects are also doing well for Surprise:
1B Joe Terdoslavich is leading the AFL in batting at .462 and second with .512 on-base percentage and .718 slugging percentage
C Christian Bethancourt ended his eight-game hitting streak Monday but remains eighth in the league with a .375 average.
OF Todd Cunningham had a multiple RBI game for the third time Oct. 19 when he drove in three runs.
Boston prospects who played with the Greenville Drive are on the same team as those Braves:
3B Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-5 with his third homer and three RBIs on Friday.
C Dan Butler was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Friday and is 6-for-11 at throwing out attempting base stealers.