Slowly but surely, the Brewers are starting to become the model franchise for all small to mid-market teams. They have a state-of-the-art new stadium, which enables them to draw fans, they have an owner willing to invest money into the team, they draft well, and most importantly they know how to handle their top prospects. The most recent example of the Brewers knowing how to handle their top prospects….Mat Gamel.
On Wednesday night the Brewers called up called up Mat Gamel, who is one of the best prospects in the Brewers’ farm system. Now before I get too far ahead of myself, I should let you know that Gamel plays 3B and is a butcher in the field. It’s not pretty. Clearly knowing Gamel’s faults, the Brewers called up Gamel and will put him position to succeed.
Gamel will start off a pinch-hitter and then when the Brewers start their Interleague schedule, Gamel will DH during road games. It’s a really smart plan and it will allow Gamel to do what he does best, which is mash the baseball. The Brewers did this with Prince Fielder 4 years ago and I think it worked out pretty well.
Here are some other facts about Mat Gamel…
Chipola Junior College
4th Round of the 2005 Draft
Minor League Stats
Single A: .288 avg with 17 HR’s, 88 RBI, 9 sb’s and a .374 OBP in 129 games
Single A+: .300 avg with 9 HR’s, 60 RBI, 14 sb’s and a .379 OBP in 128 games
Double A: .329 avg with 19 HR’s, 96 RBI with 6 sb’s and a .409 OBP in 127 games
Triple A: .238 avg with 1 HR and 3 RBI in 5 games
Triple A: .335 avg with 8 HR’s, 31 RBI and a .448 OBP in 33 games
Keith Law Ranking and Analysis
Ranking: #86 out of the top 100 best prospects in baseball
Analysis: “Gamel should hit, but like his Huntsville teammate Angel Salome, he has a serious position question. In fact, his question is more of a statement — he can’t play third, any more than Ryan Braun could and in reality a good bit less than Braun could. Gamel’s best attribute is power; he’s very strong, particularly in his upper body, although he strides early and bars his front arm and may have trouble making contact when he reaches the majors. This hasn’t been a problem to date, and he’s strong enough to power through balls even if his timing is a little off.
He’s a mediocre athlete with a below-average arm and no speed, so he’s not likely to be average defensively in left and could end up at first base, where he’s going to have to hit for average as well as power to play.”