Monday, July 20, 2009

Mat Gamel to Nashville

After acquiring Felipe Lopez, the Milwaukee Brewers sent down 3B Mat Gamel in order to clear a spot on the 25 man roster. Gamel struggled to hit at the major league level, due in large part to his infrequent playing time.

In just 113 at bats, Gamel hit just .239 with four home runs and 16 RBI. Gamel received the majority of his starts when the Brewers faced a right handed pitcher. This goes against everything I have ever seen on Gamel. He has always crushed left handed pitching. In AAA this year, Gamel hit .400 with five home runs in just 40 at bats. The move is not based on talent alone, but to get Mat consistent playing time. It would have been nice to see what Mat could have done in a full-time role at third base this season. Lets hope the next time he comes to Milwaukee, he is not platooned, batting only against right handed pitchers that give him more trouble.

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