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Could Gamel be sent back down to Nashville in 2009?

July 7, 2009
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Mat Gamel, the 23 year old left-handed hitter, was signed in 2005 by Milwaukee and saw a quick rise to the Majors, appearing in late 2008 for two games for the Brewers.

Gamel was the Sound’s starting 3B when 2009 kicked off. He exploded in the PCL his first month.  When 3B Mat Gamel was sent up to Milwaukee on May 14th he was hitting .336 (40-for-119) with 11 doubles, eight home runs, and 31 RBIs in 33 games for Nashville.

Gamel is still trying to earn the regular starting 3B spot for the Milwaukee Brewers. The lead 3B right now has to be  Casey McGehee, who in 47 games (17 at 3B), 134 ABs, is batting .343. McGehee also splits his time playing 2B too.

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In 40 games for Milwaukee so far in 2009, Gamel is batting just .247 (.352 OBP | .739 OPS).  Gamel has played at 3B in 18 of those 40 games.

It appears that Gamel may be headed for a pinch-hit role at best for Milwaukee for the rest of 2009, unless he is returned to Nashville.  Gamel has appeared as a pinch-hitter six times since called up, four of those in the past ten games.

The good news is that Gamel’s fielding has not been a real issue since called up.  In 43 defensive chances he has only made 3 errors, a .956 fielding percentage.

Bill Hall has played 61 games this year for Milwaukee at 3B but is only batting a mere .198.  So Gamel’s main compeition for the regular 3B job is really McGehee at this point.

The last ten games show that Milwaukee is definitely leaning to McGehee for the starting 3B role. In the last ten games Gamel is only 2-for-13, while McGehee is 8-for-26 (.307). Since June 26th Gamel has not played in four games, pinched-hit in four, and started two.

For Gamel’s major league stats visit this link. His career MLB highlights are:  .253 BA | .355 OBP | .400 SLG | .755 OPS

It will be fun to see what happens with Gamel the rest of 2009.  Will Milwaukee send him back down to Nashville?  Will Gamel settle into a PH role?  Will he win the back-up job to McGehee?  Will he overtake McGehee for the starting position?

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