Gamel Should be in Milwaukee

April 18, 2009 at 10:26 am 10 comments

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Mat Gamel is off to a scorching start in Triple-A Nashville this season. He is currently hitting .516/.568/.903 with 6 doubles, 2 homers, 10 runs, 11 RBI, and a 4/5 BB/K rate in 31 at-bats. Yes, it is a small sample size but Gamel should be swinging his bat in the Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup, not the Nashville Sounds’ lineup.

Gamel hit .329/.395/.537 with 35 doubles, 7 triples, 19 homers, 96 runs, 96 RBI, and a 55/111 BB/K rate in 508 Double-A at-bats last year. He then got a call to Triple-A where he struggled a litte, and then a call to the majors where he was 1-2 with his hit being a double.

Gamel is currently listed as a thirdbasemen, but he is more of a warm body that is faking to play third base. He needs to move to first base but might be able to fake a corner outfield spot. The only problem is that Gamel is blocked by some very good players in Milwaukee at the positions he might be able to handle. Which is why the Brewers want him to work out at third. Currently, only Bill Hall, and his career .317 OBP, is the only reason Gamel is not playing in the bigs. That needs to change. The Brewers need to move Bill Hall to the bench and make him a suber-sub that can play all over the field and hit lefties. This would open up third base for Gamel.

Even with Gamel’s awful defense, Bill Hall is not a good enough reason to leve him off the major league roster, especially when he is hitting .500 so far in Triple-A and has a future as a 20+ homer .300/.350/.500 hitter. There are a ton of other moves that the Brewers need to make but this one, to me, is a no-brainer. Gamel should be playing in Milwaukee right now.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Cody S  |  April 19, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    being from Wisconsin, i know all about this situation. first, bill hall should have been gone when the brewers could have pulled the deal for kemp and eithier (sp?) for sheets and hall.
    and second, who is better, matt laporta or matt gamel.
    and third, do you see escobar coming up before gamel…or no?
    and fourth, haha, sorry….do you see hardy moving to any position for escobar, especially if weeks struggles again at 2nd.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 20, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I think Gamel and LaPorta are pretty close. Both should be at 1B. Gamel will hit for a better AVG and LaPorta for more power. I would take Gamel slightly ahead of LaPorta.

    I think Escobar could be up before Gamel becuase his glove is already plus at a premium position.

    I said from the beginning that they should have traded Cameron for pitching, moved Weeks to CF, Hardy to 2B, Escobar at SS, and Gamel at 3B and let Bill Hall be a utility guy. Then, the only bad spot on defense is 3B (which already is barely average).

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  • 3. Cody S  |  April 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    See, I said the same exact last thing you said to some of my friends today before the response, and they thought i was crazy. The bad defense at 3B would be evened out by escobar and hardy.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t know why they don’t like the idea. It’s better than having Hall at 3B and Weeks at 2B right now.

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  • 5. Erik  |  April 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Or move Hardy to third, Escobar to SS, move Hart to CF have Gamel in Right.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

    That is a possibility but the you have two below-average guys at positions still (Weeks at 2B, Gamel in RF). But it is better than what they have now.

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  • 7. Cody S  |  April 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    yeah…that move erik, I’m not a fan of since gamel in right is not a safe move.

    jon, if the brewers are still in it in july and look for pitching and they want peavy, what do you think they would have to give up? i ask you these questions because not many people know the minors like me. i know all the players in the majors and i’m not even in college yet.

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I think they will have to give up a package aroubd Alcides Escobar or J.J. Hadry. The Padres were set on getting a SS. I think a package of Hardy, Jonathan Lucroy, Lorenzo Cain, and a top pitcher (not sure how other teams value Jeremy Jeffress) should get it done. It will take a lot to get Peavy. The Pads are holding on to him.

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  • 9. Cody S  |  April 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    id like most of that trade except jeffress since he is one of few good pitchers we have. but, lucroy is beind angel solomon. cain is a good outfielder but is once again blocked a bit. hardy is a good chip to push.

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  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I think they might be able to do it by giving up two guys like Cody Scarpetta and Omar Aguilar. That should be enought to land Peavy, I would think.

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