New Britain Rock Cats

Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: Sean Gilmartin

While Clevan Thomas made a strong bid for a second straight honor with two interceptions, the Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week award comes on the diamond, but from the minor leagues. The top professional performer from Florida State this week is minor league pitcher and former first round pick Sean Gilmartin.

Gilmartin earns the award for the week of June 3rd through the 9th for his outing on Thursday. In a 1-0 victory for the New Britain Rock Cats over the first place Akron RubberDucks, Gilmartin allowed just five hits in 7 1/3 shutout innings. Gilmartin recorded eight strikeouts without surrendering a walk in the victory and improved to 6-3 on the season with an ERA that dropped to 2.82.

Gilmartin has not given up a run in either of his last two starts which have spanned more than 13 innings. Over that stretch, Gilmartin has fanned 17 opposing batters. Gilmartin leads the Rock Cats, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, in wins, ERA and strikeouts this season.

Mike Ferguson

About Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is a Bloguin contributor, the editor of Noled Out and a lifetime Florida State sports enthusiast. Mike vividly remembers watching Warrick Dunn run down the sideline in Gainesville in 1993, the "Choke at Doak" in 1994 and Monte Cummings' driving layup to beat #1 Duke in 2002. Mike has worked as a sports reporter in both print and online. For isportsweb in 2013, Mike gave press coverage of Florida State football's run to the 2013 national championship. Mike has been featured on, and Yahoo Sports while interviewing major sports stars such as 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a major in Religion and a minor in Communications. Mike currently resides in Haines City, Florida with his wife Jennifer and daughters Trinity and Greenly. Mike is a full-time reporter at Polk County's newspaper, The Ledger, in Lakeland, Florida. Mike can be followed on Twitter @MikeWFerguson.