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Atlanta Braves Send Sean Gilmartin, Wirfin Obispo to Minor League Camp

March 24th, 2013 at 5:50 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves re-assigned pitchers Sean Gilmartin and Wirfin Obispo to minor league camp on Sunday.

Gilmartin, the fifth ranked Braves prospect, was the Braves' first round pick in the 2011 draft and had a rough spring. Over four Grapefruit League starts, Gilmartin gave up 11 runs on 22 hits in 13 innings. At just 22, he obviously has time to build on the 3.84 ERA he threw up last year in 27 starts between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett.

"I don't know how much more work he needs," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "I like him. He gives us a little depth in Triple-A in case something happens up here. You love everything about him. His work ethic and the way he goes about his business is off the chart."

As it stands, Gilmartin would be the most likely candidate to be called up to the big leagues if a starting pitcher goes down.

Obispo was used in considerably fewer situations than Gilmartin, but he still threw four scoreless innings in five appearances. 

"I thought Obispo was very interesting," Gonzalez said. "We're just running out of innings. He's funky and he's got good stuff."

Obispo pitched four seasons in Japan before compiling a 3.00 ERA in 30 combined appearances (13 starts) for the Cincinnatti Reds at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last year.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, MLB, Sean Gilmartin, Wirfin Obispo

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