Sean Gilmartin

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Sean Gilmartin
Sean Gilmartin on March 7, 2015.jpg
Gilmartin with the Mets in 2015
St. Louis Cardinals
Born: (1990-05-08) May 8, 1990 (age 27)
Moorpark, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 10, 2015, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 3–3
Earned run average 3.72
Strikeouts 65

Sean Patrick Gilmartin (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Mets. Gilmartin was the 28th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves. Prior to beginning his professional career, Gilmartin attended Florida State University, and was an All-American pitcher for the Seminoles baseball team.

Early years[edit]

Gilmartin was born in Moorpark, California to Dr. Paul J., a chiropractor, and JoAnna Gilmartin.[1] He attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. After graduating from high school, the San Diego Padres selected Gilmartin in the 31st round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Gilmartin opted not to sign with San Diego, instead attending college.[2]

Gilmartin enrolled at Florida State University in 2009, receiving a scholarship to play college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. As a junior in 2011, Gilmartin was named an All-American by Baseball America.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Gilmartin was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round, with the 28th overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[4] He signed with the Braves, receiving a $1,134,000 signing bonus.[2] Gilmartin in the Atlanta farm system has played with the Gulf Coast League Braves, Rome Braves, Mississippi Braves, and the Gwinnett Braves.

Prior to the 2012 season, Gilmartin was ranked as the Braves fifth best prospect by Baseball America.[5] Gilmartin was invited to spring training in 2013, but did not make the team.[6] He played for the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League, though his performance was limited by shoulder injuries.[7]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

After the 2013 season, the Braves traded Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins for Ryan Doumit on December 18, 2013.[8][9] He pitched for the New Britain Rock Cats and the Rochester Red Wings in 2014.

Gilmartin with the Rock Cats finished 7-3, 3.12 ERA in 12 games in 72 innings pitched with 74 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.278 while giving up 76 hits, 30 runs (25 of them earned), 2 home runs, and 16 walks.

With the Red Wings he finished 2-4, 4.28 ERA in 14 games in 73.2 innings pitched with 59 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.317 while giving up 69 hits, 39 runs (35 of them earned), 7 home runs, and 28 walks.

New York Mets[edit]

During the 2014 Winter Meetings, the New York Mets selected Gilmartin from the Twins in the Rule 5 draft on December 11.[10] Gilmartin competed to make the Mets' Opening Day 25-man roster as a relief pitcher and got a spot in the bullpen.[11] Gilmartin made his major league debut on April 10 against the Braves in a 3-5 loss getting Nick Markakis to groundout and striking out Freddie Freeman to end the seventh inning.[12]

On June 14, Gilmartin got his first win against the Braves pitching two scoreless innings in both the fifth and the sixth inning. He faced seven batters, walking one, and striking out three in 10-8 win.[13] On July 19, he got his first major league hit, a bloop single into left field off Carlos Martínez, in his first at-bat in the sixteenth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.[14] Gilmartin pitched three scoreless innings in the fourteenth, fifteenth and the sixteenth innings giving up 1 hit, 2 walks and getting 4 strikeouts while facing 12 batters.[15]

After the Mets clinched the National League East division title, Gilmartin made his first major league start on October 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park throwing five innings. He struck out three batters and allowed two runs and three hits, throwing 44 of 70 pitches for strikes. He retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced in a game that lasted just 2 hours, 23 minutes.[16] The two runs he allowed came on Darin Ruf's two-run home run in the 4th inning.[17] However, the Mets lost 0-3 to the Phillies and the loss marked the first time the Phillies swept the Mets at Citizens Bank Park since 2009.[18]

When the Mets made the playoffs, Gilmartin was not on the roster for the Division Series but he was added on the roster for the Championship Series replacing Erik Goeddel.[19] Gilmartin did not appear in the championship series. Gilmartin appeared in game two of the World Series in the top of the eight inning, getting the two batters he faced out. Gilmartin finished the 2015 season 3-2, 2.67 ERA in 50 games (one start) in 57 13 innings pitched with 54 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.186 while giving up 50 hits, 17 runs, two home runs, and 19 walks.

Gilmartin was cut from the roster heading into the 2016 season as veteran reliever Jim Henderson beat him out for the last job in the bullpen during spring training.[20] Gilmartin was recalled up to the Mets on May 12 with Wilmer Flores going on the disabled list. Gilmartin with the 51s pitched in 32.2 innings with a 4-1 record with a 2.48 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.[21] Gilmartin was sent back down to the 51s to make room for Matt Reynolds on the roster.[22] Gilmartin pitched five scoreless innings in two games giving up two hits and striking out five batters.

On June 11, the Mets designated Gilmartin for assignment.[23]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On June 11, 2017, Gilmartin was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals.[24][23]

Scouting report[edit]

Gilmartin throws four pitches: a fastball, a curveball, a changeup and an occasional slider only to left handed hitters.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Gilmartin is engaged to political commentator Kayleigh McEnany.[26] His brother Michael was drafted by the Oakland Athletics from Wofford College as an infielder in the 27th round of the 2009 MLB draft.[27][28]


  1. ^ "Our Practice". Gilmartin Chiropractic. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Sports | Braves sign 1st-round pick Sean Gilmartin | Seattle Times Newspaper". Seattle Times. July 15, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011 College All-America Team". Baseball America. June 15, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "FSU pitcher Sean Gilmartin selected in the MLB Draft by Atlanta Braves". Orlando Sentinel. June 6, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Baseball America Atlanta Braves top 2012 prospects". Baseball America. October 31, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Terdoslavich among four Braves sent down". Newton Citizen. March 24, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Get to know pitcher Sean Gilmartin: 6 things to know about Mets' Rule 5 pick". December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Twins trade Ryan Doumit for minor-league lefty Sean Gilmartin". February 27, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Braves acquire Ryan Doumit from Twins for Sean Gilmartin". December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Mets select left-hander Gilmartin in Rule 5 Draft". December 11, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Roster set: Buddy Carlyle, Sean Gilmartin in; Eric Campbell out". April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Heady Braves get past Mets late, stay unbeaten". April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mets hit 4 HRs, rally from 5 down to beat Braves 10-8". Reading Eagle. June 14, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mets reliever Sean Gilmartin gets first career single in first career AB ... in the 16th inning". July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Mets outlast Cardinals in 18-inning, nearly 6-hour game". Newsday. July 19, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Gilmartin tosses five 'quick' innings in spot start". SNY. October 2, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sean Gilmartin gives Mets needed innings". Major League Baseball. October 1, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Mets' chase for home field in NLDS stalls". New York Mets. October 1, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Gilmartin replaces Goeddel on NLCS roster". October 27, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  20. ^ "2016 Mets minor league preview: Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A)". Amazin' Avenue. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Mets place Wilmer Flores on DL, recall Sean Gilmartin". May 12, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Mets add Reynolds, demote Gilmartin". May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
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  24. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (June 11, 2017). "Cardinals Claim Sean Gilmartin". Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves | FanGraphs Baseball". April 29, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Sean Gilmartin and Kayleigh McEnany's Wedding Website". Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  27. ^ Simineri, Steven (September 10, 2015). "Sean Gilmartin: From Rule 5 Vagabond to Mets’ Bullpen Mainstay". Double G Sports. Double G Media, LLC. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  28. ^ "Mike Gilmartin Minor & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 

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