gamel1 Mat Gamel Finally Getting Chance To Be Brewers First Baseman Of The Future

(Credit: Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

By David Heck, Special to CBS Local Sports

CBS Local Sports will be profiling one young player from each Major League Baseball team every day for the next 30 days as part of our “30 Players 30 Days” spring training feature.

Mat Gamel, First Baseman, Milwaukee Brewers

2011 season: 10 G, 26 AB, .115 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBIs

For the last seven years, Prince Fielder put up MVP-type numbers as the Brewers’ first baseman. Now, the job will be left up to Gamel, a player who was once almost as hyped but has yet to realize his potential.

Though Gamel came up as one of Milwaukee’s top prospects a few years ago, he struggled with during his first crack at the Majors. He hit only .242 with five home runs in 148 plate appearances, then wasn’t given much more of a shot over the next few years. He played in only 12 games for the Brewers in 2010, then got into only 10 contests last year. With only 85 big league games under his belt, he is a bit of a wild card heading toward Opening Day.

One good sign is that Gamel has performed very well in the minors over the course of his career, including recently. Over the last two years at Triple-A, he’s put up OPS’s of .898 and .912, respectively. For what it’s worth, he’s also posted strong numbers so far in Spring Training, batting .273 with three homers and a .974 OPS in 13 games. The potential to hit for average and power is definitely there – Gamel just hasn’t had the chance to truly prove himself.

The problem is that Gamel has never had much of a position, which likely cost him a shot at the Majors earlier on. He came up as a third baseman but failed to cut it in the field, leaving him at first base. With no designated hitter in the National League and the Brewers already employing a perennial All-Star, Gamel had nowhere to play.

Finally, though, the 26-year-old has an opportunity. His defense is no longer important – only his bat is. In the best-case scenario, Gamel becomes a strong offensive option that leaves Brewers fans less devastated by the loss of Fielder. More likely, though, he will be a solid hitter who performs adequately for his position. That might not sound too exciting, but the Brewers would probably sign on for that type of production. Among cheap options at first base, they could do worse.

Next up on March 24: Pittsburgh Pirates

Comments (3)
  1. The Development of the Photovoltaic Cell says:

    Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this article is amazing, great written and include approximately all important infos. I’d like to look more posts like this .

  2. ownbusinesssite,Hosting,free hosting,cheap web hosting,web hosting says:

    I have been browsing online more than three hours nowadays, but I never found any fascinating article like yours. It’s lovely value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made just right content material as you did, the internet will be much more helpful than ever before.

  3. plr PDF ebook says:

    You can certainly see your expertise within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE