Milwaukee Brewers' Young Guns Galore: Getting Acquainted With Mat Gamel
We here at Bleacher Report, every Monday throughout this offseason, will be giving fans the inside edge into the lives and history of the Milwaukee Brewers' up-and-coming prospects.
As our honorary first edition, we'll get acquainted with one of Milwaukee's most promising young stars -- none other than third baseman Mat Gamel.
Born on July 26, 1985, Gamel was raised in something of a baseball-type family, with his brother Ben also eventually signing with the New York Yankees in 2010.
Drafted by the Brewers straight out of Chipola College (Mariana, Florida) in the 2005 MLB draft, Gamel was poised to make a name for himself early in his career.
Gamel spent the 2005 season with Milwaukee's rookie team, the Helena Brewers. Along with being prompted to Single-A West Virginia Power in 2006, and the High Single-A Brevard County Manatees in 2007.
Securely assuring him future stardom, Gamel was elected to play in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game.
With roster expansion and the need for more power bats, the Brewers finally called Gamel up from Triple-A Nashville on September 1, 2008.
Gamel recorded his first at-bat just two days after being called up, eventually striking out. On September 7th, Gamel captured his first Major-League hit (a double, at that), against the San Diego Padres.
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In the later stages of the 2009 season, Gamel help enormously at third base and at the plate -- recording a .242 BA, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 6 2B, along with a .760 OPS.
Where Gamel now stands within Milwaukee's clubhouse is uncertain, at best. Talk of Prince Fielder's departure could spell a starting position somewhere down the road.
As for the 2011 season, Gamel will have to make use of his opportunities. Casey McGehee is currently the starting third baseman, and that is not likely to change unless injuries ridicule his 2011 season.
Rest assured, the Brewers have a real gem in Gamel. Rushing his progression isn't what Milwaukee is looking for in this particular stage of his career.
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