originally Posted 8/11
Ten years from now, a popular trivia question might be "which player was drafted by the Atlanta Braves between all-stars Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman in the 2007 draft?" As a supplemental 1st round pick, Jon Gilmore would be the correct answer.
Gilmore's reputation coming out of high school was that of a hitter with significant offensive potential, but rough around the edges. From my understanding, he did not participate in many national showcase events, and came on strong his senior season greatly upping his draft stock. However, with the lack of high level competition he faced, his transition to professional baseball was expected to be a little rocky. He didn't disappoint.
Age 18 - .286/.296/.346 in Rk
Age 19 - .173/.193/.173 in A-, .335/.363/.476 in Rk
Gilmore's less than stellar debut was followed by bombing at Rome which was made worse by Heyward and Freeman's explosive debuts in full season ball. However, he has rebounded nicely after his demotion and is currently posting a .455/.490/.614 August line after two, .300+ months.
Going forward, his stock will rise quickly should he continue his end of season surge. With the Braves still recovering from the Teixeira debacle, Gilmore could find himself in the top 10 Braves prospects entering 2009.