The Mets selected 24-year-old lefthander Sean Gilmartin from the Twins with the 13th overall pick in the MLB portion of Thursday's Rule 5 draft.
The Rule 5 draft allows teams to select players from other organizations, provided those players have been in that organization for a certain number of years and not been added to the team's 40-man roster. A selecting team must pay $50,000 to the player's former team and keep the player on their MLB roster all season in order to retain the player's rights thereafter. If they wish to try to demote the player at any point, they must first offer the Rule 5 player back to his original team for $25,000 or work out a trade.
Gilmartin, a California native who attended Florida State, was selected by the Braves in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft (28th overall). He was traded to the Twins for catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit before the 2014 season. Gilmartin has a 4.05 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in four minor league seasons. He posted a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts for the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in 2014. Lefthanders hit just .190 against him, however, and it's expected that Gilmartin will compete for a bullpen role with the Mets.
Gilmartin's 2014 Triple-A splits make him appear to be a good candidate for a lefty specialist role.
In 25 1/3 innings vs. lefthanders, he had a 0.75 WHIP, 27 strikeouts and three walks, yielding no home runs. In 48 1/3 innings vs. righthanders, Gilmartin had a 1.61 WHIP, 32 strikeouts, 25 walks and allowed seven home runs.
The Mets also lost a player in Thursday's draft. The Orioles selected righthander Logan Verrett with the 18th overall pick. Verrett, 24, has a 3.89 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in three minor league seasons and had a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.
In the minor league portion of the draft, the Mets lost several players, including Cam Maron, a catcher who grew up in Hicksville who was selected by the Reds.
Maron, 23, was originally selected by the Mets in the 34th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He's a .284 hitter with a .387 on-base percentage in six minor league seasons. Maron spent most of 2014 with Single-A advanced St. Lucie, batting .282 with a .387 OBP and three home runs in 98 games.
Also picked from the Mets: infielder Juan Carlos Gamboa (Padres) and pitchers Greg Peavey (Twins) and Randy Fontanez (Dodgers).
The Yankees did not select a player or lose a player in the major league portion of the draft.
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