Baltimore Orioles: A Closer Look At Sean Gilmartin
Sean Gillmartin will make his Baltimore Orioles debut tonight. Here’s what to expect from the newest member of Birdland.
The Baltimore Orioles designated Joey Rickard for assignment and by doing so added left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin.
With John Means injured, Dan Straily also designated for assignment and David Hess struggling the Orioles will plug Gilmartin into the starting rotation as he’ll make his first major league outing of 2019 tonight against the Mariners.
Gilmartin is a 29-year-old left-hander who was the Atlanta Braves first-round selection in 2011. Unfortunately he never lived up to his high expectations as he never did pitch for the Braves.
Instead, Gilmartin spent three seasons with the New York Mets. After posting an impressive 2.67 ERA in 50 relief outings to help guide the Mets to the world series things went downhill.
He posted a 7.13 ERA in 2016 and in result spent much of the season in the minors. In 2017 he only made two major league outings as he struggled mightily.
After a stint with the Cardinals Triple-A Affiliate, the Orioles took a flyer on left-hander calling him up on June 17th of last season.
In 12 outings Gilmartin posted a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings pitched. In 2019 the southpaw has pitched to a 2.47 ERA in 17 outings for the Norfolk Tides.
Hopefully, the veteran will be able to eat some innings and provide the Baltimore Orioles with a quality start they badly need.
In reality, it can’t get much worse than what Hess and Straily provided; thus, Gilmartin doesn’t need to go out and be Mike Mussina rather just pitch decently.
The Orioles will play three games with Seattle this weekend before opening a home stand beginning Tuesday when Manny Machado and the Padres come to town.