Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 9, 2008

Recent MLB Debut #4—Mat Gamel

Will he stick at third?

Will he stick at third?

Mat Gamel

Gamel was a beast this season following a very successful campaign at winter ball.  At AA Hunstville, Gamel hit .329 with 19 HR and 96 RBI.  He also had 35 doubles and 7 triples to go along with his 92 runs.  Though his season was great, his numbers decreased mightily following the departure of Matt LaPorta to Cleveland in the C.C. Sabathia trade.  Is this a big deal or nothing to be concerned about?  I maintain that it is both.  Gamel has proven that he can hit very well for moderate power and good average, but he is likely going to be a complimentary piece in an MLB lineup and not a superstar. 

Gamel has one hit in two AB with Milwaukee and should not fit into their post season plans.  In October, Gamel will be headed to the Arizona Fall League to get more defensive seasoning at 3rd base, he is still raw, and I will be anxious to see if he can continue his torrid pace at the plate.

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