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While regurgigating Jobacum, I mentioned Gamel is a lot like Ryan Braun. All hit, no field. In Single-A ball in 2007, Gamel made 53 errors in 128 games.  In that post, I said that he plays 3rd like Jenny McCarthy at a celebrity All-Star game, but I think I was overestimating his glove work.  Kenny Mayne might be a better comparison.  Last year Gamel cut his errors to 30, but still led Double-A with the most errors by a third baseman.  Oh Gamel, you’ve done it again!  If he could just get to the big leagues as a third baseman, his bat will be one to own in fantasy.  But can he help your fantasy baseball team in 2009?

Bill James projects a full-time Mat Gamel in 2009 hitting 18 home runs and over .300 in 150 games.  I think that’s being too conservative on the power, but too generous on the games played.  If Gamel gets a full-time gig out of spring training, I think we could see 27/80/.300 and 40 errors.  The Brewers also realized Gamel’s glove isn’t ready for the majors and now have in place the third base blahtoon of Mike Lamb and Bill Hall.  Gamel is probably destined for the outfield, but the Brewers outfield is a bit crowded right now.  Gamel needs Corey Hart to tongue kiss Casey Kotchman and come down with a bad case of mono for Gamel to see any significant time in the Brewers outfield in 2009.  I’m sure the Brewers want Gamel to play 3rd; I’m almost positive Gamel wants to play 3rd, but inspiration meets perspiration meets no fielding ability, doesn’t add up to a major league 3rd baseman.  Unless the Brewers play Gamel in short left field in front of Braun, the glaring flaw in his defensive game makes him too much of a liability for the Brewers and too much for you, except in deep keeper leagues.

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  1. big o says:

    if the angels pick up manny and stick him in left field , they’re going to need 2 centerfielders .

    gamel for figgins might be in the offering .

  2. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Short left field! HA!

    I just had visions of playing catcher as a 13 year old and trying to throw out a runner trying to steal second. The ball sailed to the right fielder on a short hop.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: That would be great for the Angels and Gamel’s value, just not sure why the Brewers would do it.

    @IowaCubs: You sound like Pablo Sandoval.

  4. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Yeah, without the, you know, talent or body mass. Picture John Olerud with catchers gear, but without the batting average or batting eye. Nah, picture Olerud with catching gear and instead of a career in baseball, he chose coffee as a profession. Somehow that doesn’t work either.

  5. @IowaCubs: if John Olerud worked in coffee, would he still have to wear the batting helmet?

  6. Scott says:

    now now…let’s not pick on my Wazzu Cougar Olerud. lol. I Love Gamel’s Bat, I just don’t see where he get’s into the Brewers lineup with that club he calls a glove. Maybe Selig could switch them back to the AL and he could DH. hehe…

  7. sean says:

    I think a pretty good estimate for Beimel ’09 would be the season that Chris Davis had in ’08.

    295 AB, 51 R, 17 HR, 55 RBI, 1 SB .285 AVG .549 SLG

    Again, the key is getting Beimel consistent ABs. MIL’s situation is not like that of TEX, which could slide Davis across the diamond.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Scott: Yeah, that was what I was getting at in the post. Gamel’s not going to see regular at-bats.

    sean: I agree but see comment to Scott:

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