Rule 5 Draft: Mets Select LHP Sean Gilmartin, Lose 5 Players Including Logan Verrett and Cam Maron

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1:00 PM Update:

Mets selected no players in AA phase of Rule 5 Draft, but in addition to losing Logan Verrett in the MLB phase, they lost Greg Peavey, Cam Maron, Juan Carlos Gamboa and Randy Fontanez in the minor league phase.

 Mets Select LHP Sean Gilmartin, Lose RHP Logan Verrett

In the major league phase of today’s Rule 5 Draft, the Mets selected LHP Sean Gilmartin from the Minnesota Twins with the 14th overall selection.

Gilmartin, 24, was a first round selection of the Atlanta Braves in the 2011 draft. Prior to the 2012 season, Gilmartin was rated the Braves 5th best prospect. He was traded to the Twins after the 2013 season to the Twins for catcher Ryan Doumit.

In 2014, Gilmartin split time between the Twins’ Double-A affiliate the New Britain Rock Cats, and the Triple-A affiliate the Rochester Red Wings. He compiled a 9-7 record with a 3.71 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 26 starts. My guess is that he will compete for a spot as the second lefty out of the Mets bullpen in Spring Training.

The Mets lost RHP Logan Verrett also in today’s draft, who was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 28th overall selection.

Verrett, 24, was speculated to be taken in today’s draft, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. In 2014 for Triple-A Las Vegas, Verrett pitched to an 11-5 record, with a 4.33 ERA and 1.370 WHIP with a 6.6 K/9. Verrett did not rank in the Mets Top 20 Prospects entering this season.

Any player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on the team’s 25-man roster for the entirety of the season. If the selecting team does not wish to keep a player on its 25-man roster for that time period, it must offer him back to his former team for $25,000.

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