Monday, December 19, 2011
Who the hell is Mat Gamel?
If you've never heard of Mat Gamel don't feel so bad. His major league career to this point hasn't been much to write home about. That could all change in 2012 if Prince Fielder leaves Milwaukee in his rear view mirror as expected. Gamel is the in house replacement for the Brewers slugging free agent first baseman. Milwaukee signed Aramis Ramirez to a three year deal last week that all but ended the club's hopes of retaining Fielder. The 26 year old Gamel has actually logged playing time with the Brewers in each of the past four seasons. He has yet to distinguish himself in limited MLB action but he has terrorized AAA pitching. In 290 career games at the AAA level Gamel has slugged 53 homers, driven in 214 runs and posted an impressive .886 OPS. Gamel, the Brewers fourth round pick in 2005, figures to get first crack at the big club's first base job in Spring Training. He could be a fantasy sleeper in 2012. With the looming suspension of Ryan Braun the Brewers will be counting on Gamel to be a power threat early in his Major League career.