Mat Gamel

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Mat Gamel
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Gamel with the Milwaukee Brewers
Free agent
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1985-07-26) July 26, 1985 (age 28)
Jacksonville, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2008 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .229
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 29
Teams

Mathew "Mat" Lawrence Gamel (born July 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is currently a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers across the 2008 through 2012 seasons. Once considered among the best prospects in baseball, Gamel's career has been limited by injuries.

Early life[edit]

Gamel during his tenure with the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A affiliates of the Milwaukee Brewers, in 2009.

Gamel attended Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] He was drafted in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft from Chipola College in Marianna, Florida.

Baseball career[edit]

Gamel 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.[clarification needed] 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.[2] In 2008, he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game.[3]

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.[citation needed]

On May 22, 2012, Gamel underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and missed the rest of the 2012 season.[citation needed]

During 2013 Spring Training, Gamel retore his surgically repaired ACL and missed the entire 2013 season.[4]

On October 3, 2013, Gamel was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. On December 2, he was non-tendered by Chicago, becoming a free agent.[5]

On December 13, 2013, Gamel signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. [6] However, he re-injured himself doing workouts before spring training and was released by the Braves on February 18, 2014.[7]

Personal[edit]

Gamel's brother, Ben, signed with the New York Yankees after they drafted him in 2010.[8] Gamel is currently married with two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gamel at Bishop Kenny". Thebaseballcube.com. July 26, 1985. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Shepard, Brad. "Gamel lands big promotion." The Huntsville Times. August 24, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Mayo, Jonathan. "Gamel, LaPorta take act to Futures Game." Minor League Baseball. July 7, 2008. Retrieved on August 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Rosiak, Todd. "Mat Gamel confirmed out for the season". JSOnline. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / Cubs: #Cubs agreed to terms with Donne Murphy and George Kottaras, avoiding arbitration. Daniel Bard, Mat Gamel, Chang-Yong Lim were non-tendered". Twitter.com. December 2, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Atlanta Braves Sign Mat Gamel to Minor League Contract". 
  7. ^ Todd, Jeff. "Braves Release Mat Gamel". Mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ben Gamel of Bishop Kenny will sign with Yankees | members.jacksonville.com". Jacksonville.com. August 14, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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