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Mat Gamel 1BBrewers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .254 9 29 32 1 .270 0.4
Birth Date7-26-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight220 lbs
Age29 years, 2 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.12010
-0.42011
-0.22012
2013
0.42014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 MIL 22 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .475 0.5 -0.0 0.1
2009 MIL 23 61 148 128 11 31 6 1 5 54 18 54 1 1 0 20 1 0 .242 .338 .422 .270 5.5 -1.1 0.4
2010 MIL 24 12 17 15 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .294 .267 .200 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1
2011 MIL 25 10 27 26 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 .115 .148 .154 .097 -3.8 -0.1 -0.4
2012 MIL 26 21 75 69 10 17 2 1 1 24 4 15 1 1 0 6 3 0 .246 .293 .348 .225 -0.5 -1.8 -0.2
Career106269240235511268824823202940.229.305.367.2371.2-3.2-0.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 WVA A 8 28 .273 .219 .306 .330 .228 .231 106 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1 -0.2 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2005 HEL Rk 50 216 .325 .269 .349 .403 .264 .414 105 14.1 5.9 -0.1 -4.4 -1.6 18.8 1.3 18.8 1.3
2006 WVA A 129 555 .290 .261 .338 .386 .267 .316 110 14.6 13.2 0.4 7.7 -0.9 27.8 3.7 27.8 3.7
2007 BRV A+ 128 534 .305 .268 .337 .394 .260 .363 95 28.8 17.4 1 -5.6 -3.2 47.0 4.0 47.0 4.0
2008 MIL MLB 2 2 .475 .229 .311 .375 .254 1.000 101 0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2008 HUN AA 127 572 .305 .270 .347 .405 .257 .392 108 28.4 16.9 2.2 -3.4 0.3 49.2 4.6 49.2 4.6
2008 NAS AAA 5 23 .275 .277 .340 .452 .255 .400 92 0.4 0.7 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2009 MIL MLB 61 148 .270 .262 .327 .411 .259 .371 99 1.5 4.3 -0.1 -1.1 0.4 5.5 0.4 5.5 0.4
2009 NAS AAA 75 320 .311 .276 .347 .426 .284 .374 87 17.7 9.3 1.2 -4.0 -0.8 29.0 2.5 29.0 2.5
2010 MIL MLB 12 17 .200 .259 .334 .388 .272 .429 95 -1 0.5 0 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2010 BRV A+ 6 26 .217 .235 .304 .331 .243 .167 92 -1.2 0.8 0 -0.3 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2010 HUN AA 8 32 .359 .265 .339 .388 .271 .556 101 3.4 0.9 0 -0.9 -0.3 4.0 0.3 4.0 0.3
2010 NAS AAA 82 359 .299 .282 .349 .437 .265 .355 101 15.7 10.9 0.8 -8.3 -3.0 28.5 1.9 28.5 1.9
2011 MIL MLB 10 27 .097 .264 .316 .411 .261 .136 107 -4.3 0.7 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
2011 NAS AAA 128 545 .313 .284 .354 .443 .268 .326 98 33.8 16.9 -8.8 2.2 2.1 42.8 4.3 42.8 4.3
2011 EST Wnt 20 73 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .173 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 MIL MLB 21 75 .225 .258 .321 .409 .263 .296 107 -2.6 2.1 -1.3 -1.8 1.4 -0.5 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 HEL Rk 216 34 65 15 2 5 37 12 49 7 4 .327 .377 .497 .171 .325 18.8 -4.4 1.3
2005 WVA A 28 2 4 0 0 1 1 5 9 0 0 .174 .321 .304 .130 .273 1.9 0.1 0.2
2006 WVA A 555 65 142 28 5 17 88 52 81 9 2 .288 .362 .469 .181 .290 27.8 7.7 3.7
2007 BRV A+ 534 78 140 37 8 9 60 58 98 14 7 .300 .380 .472 .172 .305 47.0 -5.6 4.0
2008 NAS AAA 23 3 5 0 0 1 3 2 10 0 0 .238 .304 .381 .143 .275 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2008 MIL MLB 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 .475 0.5 -0.0 0.1
2008 HUN AA 572 96 167 35 7 19 96 55 111 6 7 .329 .399 .537 .209 .305 49.2 -3.4 4.6
2009 MIL MLB 148 11 31 6 1 5 20 18 54 1 0 .242 .338 .422 .180 .270 5.5 -1.1 0.4
2009 NAS AAA 320 42 76 18 1 11 48 38 89 1 0 .278 .371 .473 .194 .311 29.0 -4.0 2.5
2010 HUN AA 32 6 11 2 0 1 5 4 9 0 0 .393 .469 .571 .179 .359 4.0 -0.9 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 17 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 .200 .294 .267 .067 .200 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1
2010 BRV A+ 26 3 2 1 0 0 2 6 8 0 0 .100 .308 .150 .050 .217 0.3 -0.3 0.0
2010 NAS AAA 359 54 96 24 0 13 67 38 64 3 1 .309 .393 .511 .203 .299 28.5 -8.3 1.9
2011 MIL MLB 27 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 .115 .148 .154 .038 .097 -3.8 -0.1 -0.4
2011 EST Wnt 73 6 11 1 0 2 11 7 11 0 1 .172 .260 .281 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 NAS AAA 545 90 153 29 0 28 96 46 84 2 0 .310 .372 .540 .229 .313 42.8 2.2 4.3
2012 MIL MLB 75 10 17 2 1 1 6 4 15 3 0 .246 .293 .348 .101 .225 -0.5 -1.8 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 9 0.5556 0.4444 0.7500 0.6000 0.2500 0.6667 1.0000 0.2500
2009 629 0.4865 0.4213 0.6717 0.6242 0.2291 0.7644 0.4324 0.3283
2010 70 0.4857 0.5429 0.6316 0.7353 0.3611 0.6800 0.5385 0.3684
2011 86 0.5000 0.5349 0.9130 0.7674 0.3023 0.9091 0.9231 0.0870
2012 265 0.5094 0.4830 0.7891 0.6370 0.3231 0.8605 0.6429 0.2109
Career10590.49390.45420.71870.64620.26750.79380.53680.2813

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-20 2013-09-30 60-DL 194 162 Right Knee Recovery From Surgery ACL 2013-03-08 -
2013-02-16 2013-03-20 Camp 32 0 Right Knee Surgery ACL Graft 2013-03-08 -
2012-05-02 2012-10-04 60-DL 155 138 Right Knee Surgery ACL and Mensicus 2012-05-22 -
2012-04-24 2012-04-27 DTD 3 2 Right Shoulder Soreness Player Collision - -
2011-02-23 2011-03-15 Camp 20 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-09-25 2010-10-04 DTD 9 9 Left Surgery Big Toe Sesamoid Removal 2010-09-30
2010-03-25 2010-06-04 60-DL 71 54 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2010-03-09 2010-03-25 Camp 16 0 Left Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2010-03-09 2010-03-25 Camp 16 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2010-03-05 2010-03-08 Camp 3 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2009-02-19 2009-03-04 Camp 13 0 Right Shoulder Impingement -
2008-09-08 2008-09-29 DTD 21 19 Right Elbow Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIL $491,000
2012 MIL $481,000
2010 MIL $406,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$1,378,500
4 yrTotal$1,378,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 59 dJet Sports Management1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 12/13/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Atlanta 2/18/14.
  • 1 year/$0.491M (2013). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/13. Claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers from Milwaukee 10/3/13. Non-tendered by Chicago Cubs 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.481M (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4065M (2010). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/24/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 9/1/08.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2005 (4-115) (Chipola JC, Fla.). $0.226M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 515 70 135 26 2 20 72 55 116 3 0 .300 .381 .502 .314 31.9 1B -2, 3B -1 3.1
80o 493 65 125 24 2 19 66 50 114 2 0 .285 .364 .476 .300 23.8 1B -2, 3B -1 2.2
70o 477 60 114 22 1 17 62 47 112 2 0 .274 .351 .458 .290 18.3 1B -2, 3B -1 1.6
60o 463 57 108 21 1 16 58 44 111 2 0 .265 .340 .442 .281 13.9 1B -2, 3B -1 1.2
50o 450 54 102 20 1 15 55 42 109 2 0 .256 .330 .428 .273 9.9 1B -2, 3B -1 0.8
40o 437 51 96 19 1 14 52 39 108 2 0 .248 .321 .413 .264 6.2 1B -2, 3B -1 0.4
30o 423 48 90 17 1 14 49 37 106 2 0 .239 .310 .398 .256 2.4 1B -2, 3B -1 0.0
20o 407 44 84 16 1 13 46 34 104 2 0 .228 .297 .380 .245 -1.7 1B -2, 3B -1 -0.5
10o 385 40 74 14 1 11 41 30 101 1 0 .214 .280 .356 .231 -6.9 1B -1, 3B -1 -1.0
Weighted Mean4565510520116574311020.260.335.435.27611.81B -2, 3B -11.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
5% 18% 14% 26% 50%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529250315311082924641.240.318.399.2641.313.4-0.5-3.314.92.3-1.8
20163044156971911553411091.245.322.410.2691.113.2-1.0-5.914.95.2-3.1
201731635801372712278591580.243.319.410.2670.58.9-1.4-8.714.94.0-4.5
201832625771312612073591580.236.313.395.2600.15.0-1.4-8.714.90.2-4.5
201933622751312421870571500.236.312.384.256-0.22.6-1.4-8.914.9-2.1-4.4
202034636761362621871571490.237.311.382.256-0.31.8-1.4-9.114.9-2.7-4.5
202135633771362521972581510.239.314.389.259-0.13.8-1.4-9.014.9-0.7-4.5
202236618731302421667561460.236.311.373.253-0.40.4-1.4-8.814.9-4.3-4.4
202337629771402521973551440.248.319.398.2640.26.8-1.5-9.014.92.3-4.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1.6out of baseball3.82.70.50.18.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Jeff Clement 2012 .171
2 89 Max Ramirez 2013 .000 DNP
3 89 Steve Pearce 2011 .190
4 88 Bryan LaHair 2011 .308
5 88 Jesus Guzman 2012 .275
6 87 Scott Moore 2012 .276
7 87 Juan Miranda 2011 .261
8 86 Jake Fox 2011 .254
9 85 Tagg Bozied 2008 .000 DNP
10 83 Daniel Dorn 2013 .000 DNP
11 83 Garrett Jones 2009 .311
12 83 Josh Whitesell 2010 .000 DNP
13 83 Tommy Everidge 2011 .000 DNP
14 83 Shelley Duncan 2008 .228
15 82 Matt Craig 2009 .000 DNP
16 82 Josh Satin 2013 .283
17 82 Nate Gold 2008 .000 DNP
18 82 Mauro Gomez 2013 .000 DNP
19 82 Larry Broadway 2009 .000 DNP
20 81 Jeff Bailey 2007 .136
21 81 Cyle Hankerd 2013 .000 DNP
22 81 Victor Diaz 2010 .000 DNP
23 81 Jon Knott 2007 .273
24 80 Joel Guzman 2013 .000 DNP
25 80 Brian Dopirak 2012 .000 DNP
26 80 Brandon Moss 2012 .335
27 80 Clint Robinson 2013 .000 DNP
28 80 Matt Macri 2010 .000 DNP
29 80 Steven Hill 2013 .000 DNP
30 80 Travis Ishikawa 2012 .249
31 79 Johan Limonta 2012 .000 DNP
32 79 Jeff Larish 2011 .000 DNP
33 79 Paul McAnulty 2009 .000 DNP
34 79 Micah Hoffpauir 2008 .349
35 79 Mark Hamilton 2013 .000 DNP
36 79 David Freese 2011 .280
37 79 Jason Botts 2009 .000 DNP
38 79 Jack Hannahan 2008 .238
39 79 Aaron Bates 2012 .000 DNP
40 78 Yurendell de Caster 2008 .000 DNP
41 78 John Bowker 2012 .000 DNP
42 78 Chris Carter 2011 .000 DNP
43 78 Landon Powell 2010 .218
44 78 Casey Rogowski 2009 .000 DNP
45 78 Daniel Nava 2011 .000 DNP
46 78 Chris Shelton 2008 .222
47 77 Joe Mather 2011 .212
48 77 Matt LaPorta 2013 .000 DNP
49 77 Rhyne Hughes 2012 .000 DNP
50 77 Ryan Mulhern 2009 .000 DNP
51 77 Jared Goedert 2013 .000 DNP
52 77 Bill Rhinehart 2013 .000 DNP
53 77 Erik Lis 2012 .000 DNP
54 77 Lou Montanez 2010 .104
55 77 John Mayberry 2012 .257
56 77 Ryan Raburn 2009 .296
57 76 Brian Stavisky 2009 .000 DNP
58 76 Mark Saccomanno 2008 .292
59 76 J.R. House 2008 -.002
60 76 Brett Carroll 2011 -.027
61 76 Mike Baxter 2013 .227
62 76 Ryan Ludwick 2007 .279
63 76 Alejandro De Aza 2012 .271
64 76 Michael Restovich 2007 .122
65 76 Chip Ambres 2008 .249
66 76 Brad Nelson 2011 .000 DNP
67 76 David Smith 2009 .000 DNP
68 76 Russell Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP
69 76 John Hester 2012 .238
70 75 Craig Brazell 2008 .000 DNP
71 75 David Cook 2010 .000 DNP
72 75 Kila Ka'aihue 2012 .248
73 75 Sandy Madera 2009 .000 DNP
74 75 Hee-Seop Choi 2007 .000 DNP
75 75 Michael Morse 2010 .314
76 75 Kevin West 2008 .000 DNP
77 75 Joe Koshansky 2010 .000 DNP
78 75 Jason Cooper 2009 .000 DNP
79 75 Anthony Recker 2012 .204
80 75 Kendrys Morales 2011 .000 DNP
81 75 Tyler Von Schell 2008 .000 DNP
82 75 Drew Sutton 2011 .273
83 75 Michael Johnson 2008 .000 DNP
84 75 Jason Perry 2009 .000 DNP
85 75 John-Ford Griffin 2008 .000 DNP
86 75 Michael Bertram 2012 .000 DNP
87 75 Kevin Melillo 2010 .000 DNP
88 74 Cole Gillespie 2012 .000 DNP
89 74 Ryan Shealy 2008 .316
90 74 Brent Clevlen 2012 .000 DNP
91 74 Robinson Chirinos 2012 .000 DNP
92 74 Eric Patterson 2011 .228
93 74 Rusty Ryal 2011 .000 DNP
94 74 Stefan Gartrell 2012 .000 DNP
95 74 Clete Thomas 2012 .153
96 74 Jeremy Brown 2008 .000 DNP
97 74 Adam Heether 2010 .000 DNP
98 74 Mike Hollimon 2010 .000 DNP
99 74 Brandon Jones 2012 .000 DNP
100 74 Chris Gimenez 2011 .234

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The fondest dream of all understudies is to step into a leading role, while their greatest fear is to flub their lines and botch their big chance. Gamel has spent years burnishing his minor-league batting credentials while waiting in the wings, but when he finally heard his big cue—“Exit the Prince”—everything went wrong. Instead of providing the inexpensive lefty power the Brewers badly needed, Gamel struggled at the plate before his season was cut short in early May by a torn ACL. In his absence, Corey Hart settled in for what might be a long stay at first base, further clouding Gamel’s future. Already 27 and with little defensive value, Gamel may soon run out of chances to prove he can handle a role more challenging than Quad-A Slugger.
2012 Gamel had seen his prospect stock drop over the past couple of seasons as his expected exile to first base took place, since his batting stats always projected as marginal for the easier position. The 2011 sweason brought tremendous news for both Mat and the Brewers, as slight adjustments to his swing led to both more frequent contact and more loft, resulting in more homers. One good Triple-A season does not an All-Star make, and Gamel's shown few signs of being start-worthy against left-handed pitching, but few would fault the Brewers for going with him as a low-cost option against righties.
2011 Third verse, same as the first. Gamel’s season in Nashville proved once more that his lefty bat would be an asset at third, but his glove—or, more accurately, his inaccurate arm—just isn’t up to the task. Instead, he’s become an inexpensive insurance policy at first base, where his middling power and patience would provide adequate production on the cheap, though with little projection left he’ll never be a star there. Still, there’s value in that, and as frustrating as it must be to know you’re among the top half-dozen bats in the organization but still can’t earn a job, Gamel’s chance will come as soon as Fielder is gone.
2010 Gamel is the latest prospect to arrive at Miller Park best suited for the “hitter” position, boasting a solid eye, decent power, and left-handedness, all of which can help the Brewers lineup. The question is, where will he play? If left at third base, the acts of butchery he’s liable to commit will require Brewers broadcasts to once again sport a TV-MA rating, not long after getting the parental blocks removed by exiling Ryan Braun’s ball-aversion techniques to left field. Gamel’s bat could be an upgrade on the degraded version of Corey Hart manning right field, but he’s never played the outfield. However this latest round of Positional Plinko turns out, if the Brewers can find a way to work him in, the reward will be 20 home runs and a solid on-base percentage—production well worth the trouble.
2009 A year after making 53 errors and fielding an impossibly low .826, Gamel improved his footwork under the watchful eye of Huntsville skipper and former Brewer infielder Don Money, cut his error total down to 30 and crossed the Hobson line, fielding .918. Nonetheless, the 2005 fourth-round pick still has no future at third base, though he continues to provide evidence that his bat will play anywhere. Gamel tore up the Southern League, finishing among the leaders in every major category and earning promotions to Nashville and Milwaukee despite a second-half slump caused by tendonitis in his right elbow. A move to an easier defensive position would seem to be in order, but with Braun, Hart, and Fielder blocking the obvious non-third corner destinations, the Brewers have their work cut out in trying to accommodate him.
2008 If you thought Ryan Braun was a bad fielder, get a load of Gamel, a fourth-round 2005 pick who made 53 errors and fielded .826 last year. As bad as his hands and footwork may be, the Brewers think his problems are correctable, so they don't plan to move him yet. At the plate, the story is happier; Gamel offers very good contact skills, decent plate discipline, and plus power. He ran off a 33-game hitting streak at High-A Brevard County and won MVP honors in the Hawaii Winter Baseball League. His future likely lies beyond Milwaukee, but he'll start 2008 in Double-A Huntsville.
2007 Though we should discount his .469 SLG a little bit since it came in the offense-happy Sally League, Mat Gamel still put his line-drive swing to good use. Hopefully he`ll be a bit more selective as he advances and pitchers start to respect his batting stroke.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any non-tendered players that might be worth a look as LHH platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez? Mat Gamel, maybe?
(mblthd from PIT)
Nope. Gamel is interesting, but health is a skill and he doesn't have it. I think the Pirates sign someone like James Loney. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)what are your expectations for Matt Gamel and Zack Cozart ROS?
(Pablo from NJ)
They'll earn far more money than me while traveling around the country to play a game most play for free. Also, Mat Gamel will eventually hit more like Triple-A Mat Gamel (winding up at 267/341/434), and Cosart will finish up at 275/338/415. How's that for false precision? (Ken Funck)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mat Gamel or Matt Adams?
(Mario66 from Milwaukee)
Adams. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)what role do you see Mat Gamel having next year? could he take over for Prince Fielder if he leaves next year?
(gerrybraun from SD)
He could, but it wouldn't be all sunshine and roses. (Jason Parks)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)I would hate to see Prince leave Milwaukee and, even as a Cubs fan, I do not want to see the Cubs sign him because it is another reminder of their need to cherry pick and overspend on FA's to make up for their inability to develop from within. For me, there is a lot to like about a guy staying with the team that drafted and developed him, and Milwaukee has done a great job of building its team organically. I know there are economic challenges for the Brewers in signing Prince, but what do you feel the odds are that he stays, even if it means giving them a hometown discount?
(MJ from Work)
I'd say they're pretty low, but we might have to wait for the Pujols saga to conclude before we get any closure with Prince. And hey, Mat Gamel is every bit as exciting as Prince Fielder, right? (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any way the Cards could get Mat Gamel away from the Brew Crew to fill our void at 3B? Can Gamel handle the position defensively or would TLR bench him after 3 games?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
I don't think anyone believes Gamel can handle third base for any great length of time. Better to see what the Cards do with Freese and Craig in the meantime, which isn't so terrible. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)How long is it going to take Mat Gamel to be an everyday player for the Brew Crew? Or will they settle for a platoon with Hall so they suffer through Gamel's fielding antics as little as possible?
(mikeduin from Seattle)
Bill Hall has to play against lefties, at second or third. Gamel is, by all accounts, laughingly bad at third, so a platoon isn't the worst idea. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Where do you think Mat Gamel ultimately ends up playing in the Majors? Trade Cameron for a 3B or SP and go with Braun/Hart/Gamel in the OF? Trade Fielder and put Gamel at 1B? Suffer the horrible defence at 3B? Trade Gamel for 3B or SP and let someone else make the decision?
(Aaron from YYZ)
I just don't think Gamel can handle third convincingly enough long enough to be tolerated at the big-league level; there just isn't enough Maalox in the world. A Gamel/Hart/Braun outfield would give life to way too many flying things (much as I enjoy the spectacle of seeing Hart in center, it doesn't really work), and Fielder would have to fetch you top-shelf pitching talent *and* perhaps that third baseman to be remotely tolerable, setting aside whether you replace him with Gamel. Gamel to somebody else for a starting pitcher or starting third baseman is sort of like all the talk about Billy Butler: you're limited to the DH-league teams, because everyone's aware of the unglovely downside that goes with these cats and their limitations as fielders. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Love your work and thanks for taking the time to chat Bro. My question is about Mat Gamel, I know in your last chat you said he was very unlikely to stick at 3b and even compared him to the Ryan Braun disaster in the big leagues. I look at his stats at AA and I say that if someone starts 27 double plays it is almost IMPOSSIBLE for them not to have some skill over there. Knda like someone stealing 40 nases without them having some speed. I think minor league fielding stats are more reliable than scouting reports in evaluating minor leaguers. They tell you facts where the reports are sometimes all over the place... Jed Lowrie ring a bell? Any scouts appologize to you for misleading you and, us, about him?
(Casejud from Bothell, Wa)
Sweet! I get to start off totally cranky! Number one: You think fielding stats are more reliable than scouting reports and that's dead wrong. Basic fielding stats are a horrible way to evaluate a defender at any level. Number two: You want to talk about how great fielding stats are in support of Mat Gamel? Did you notice the fact that the guy has made 119 errors in the past three years? ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN. Number three: I was not misled, nor did I mislead anyone on Lowrie. I don't remember exactly what I wrote coming into the season (and I ranked him HIGHLY, mind you), but it was something to the effect of him being a fundamentally sound defender who makes the play on every ball he gets to, yet he's not especially rangy. I haven't seen anything to change my mind about that, and I certainly never criticized his offense. Next! (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the more viable defensive third baseman? Brett Wallace or Mat Gamel?
(Amos from New York)
What's the fastest car? Yugo or AMC Pacer? So how the answer to that really doesn't matter? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mat Gamel's recent slump - nothing to be concerned about or was his first half more of a fluke?
(HuntsvilleFan from 'bama)
I wouldn't be too concerned, but at the same time, I do think Gamel was over his head in the first half, and I think he's a very good, but not elite prospect. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a radio interview yesterday Doug Melvin said the Brewers had some prospects that were untouchable. If LaPorta wasn't, who is?
(denny187 from WI)
Mat Gamel, Alcides Escorbar and Jeremy Jeffress from what I can tell. (Kevin Goldstein)


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