It took a few extra weeks, but the Braves have reportedly reached an agreement with their 2011 first round draft pick, left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin. He was the 28th-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Florida State.
According to the AJC, terms of the deal were not yet available. Baseball America is also reporting that Gilmartin has signed. According to a Tallahassee newspaper, Gilmartin informed Florida State coaches that he had signed.
We'll have more on this story when the terms of the deal are learned.
The Braves have now signed their first 13 picks, and 18 of their first 20 picks. They have signed a total of 31 of their 50 picks.
From an AJC tweet:
I'm told Braves Sean Gilmartin signed for just a hair over slot money. $1.15 million. Slot was $1.13 million.
From Baseball America, it looks like the bonus is exactly slot, and not above slot:
Florida State lefthander Sean Gilmartin, the No. 28 overall pick, signed Thursday with the Braves for $1.134 million. That bonus matched MLB's recommendation for his draft slot.
What's a few thousand, really? Either way it's a good deal to get him as slot. He had some leverage to return to school, but really he's getting plenty of money and he's in the perfect organization to develop pitchers, so signing sooner rather than later will benefit him in the long run, and allow him to get to the Majors quicker.
Word is that he'll go to Orlando to get into shape and allow the Braves staff to evaluate him further and make sure he's ready for low-A Rome, which is where he'll likely end up this year. That's what the organization did with Mike Minor, though he signed much later and was only able to get into four games his first professional season. Gilmartin should be good for at least six weeks worth of games.