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Brewers could call up Gamel for interleague

Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 12:19 pm
 
GamelBy Evan Brunell

The Brewers are considering recalling prospect Mat Gamel once interleague play begins, MLB.com reports.

The 25-year-old has seen his star dim in recent years, but he's still considered to be Prince Fielder's heir apparent at first base, shifting from the hot corner to first to start the season and getting adjusted to his new position down in Triple-A. He's hitting .303/.373/.521 with 11 home runs in 260 plate appearances, very similar to numbers he threw up last season at the same level, albeit in just 82 games.

Gamel could make his 2011 debut this upcoming weekend when the Brewers head to Fenway Park for the annual stretch of interleague play. Gamel's presence would allow manager Ron Roenicke to shuffle Prince Fielder into the DH spot along with Ryan Braun and even Rickie Weeks, keeping their bats in the lineup while giving them, in effect, a half-day. Gamel would be able to fill in at first base in that situation, with Mark Kotsay handling outfield duties.

“We talked about it a week ago, and we talked about it about 10 minutes ago,” Roenicke said on Sunday of promoting Gamel. “So, yes, we’ve talked about it. He’s playing really well at first base, defensively.  And offensively, he’s done a nice job. He’s been a little inconsistent, but he can swing. You guys have seen him.”

Gamel already has major-league experience, splitting 75 games over the last three seasons with 61 coming in 2009. Overall, he's hit .241/.335/.414, which are poor numbers, but Gamel hasn't really had a chance to settle down in the bigs and gain consistent playing time.

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Comments

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:17 am
 

Brewers could call up Gamel for interleague

The Brewers are in first place and are going to go for it this year. That includes NOT trading Fielder.



Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Brewers could call up Gamel for interleague

If he is the heir to Prince at first base then the Brew Crew should start the process
soon. Unless Prince takes a hometown discount and stays with the Crew after this
year (hopefully a WS title year) Gamel will be the man in 2012.


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