|Third baseman/First baseman|
July 26, 1985 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|September 3, 2008 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||29|
He played his first professional season in 2005 for Milwaukee's Rookie League Helena Brewers. Gamel was promoted to the Single-A West Virginia Power in 2006 and the High Single-A Brevard County Manatees in 2007 in which he posted a 33 game hitting streak bested only by Derek Jeter. He played most of the 2008 season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars before being promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on August 24. In 2008, he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game.
Gamel was called up to the Majors for the first time when rosters expanded on September 1, 2008, and made his debut two days later, striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance. He recorded his first career hit, a double, on September 7, 2008, off of Chris Young of the San Diego Padres. He hit his first career home run on May 18, 2009, off of Kyle Lohse of the St. Louis Cardinals. However, he made his first fielding error at third base during the same game, even though he had made a great play just a few innings earlier. He hit his second home run off Jason Hammel of the Colorado Rockies.
On May 22, 2012, Gamel underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and missed the rest of the 2012 season.
During 2013 Spring Training, Gamel tore his recently surgically repaired ACL and missed the entire 2013 season.
- Gamel at Bishop Kenny
- Shepard, Brad. "Gamel lands big promotion." The Huntsville Times. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- Mayo, Jonathan. "Gamel, LaPorta take act to Futures Game." Minor League Baseball. 7 July 2008. Retrieved on 25 August 2008.
- Twitter / Cubs: #Cubs agreed to terms with Donne Murphy and George Kottaras, avoiding arbitration. Daniel Bard, Mat Gamel, Chang-Yong Lim were non-tendered.