Gamel with the Milwaukee Brewers
|First baseman / Designated Hitter|
July 26, 1985 |
|September 3, 2008, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 1, 2012, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||29|
Mathew "Mat" Lawrence Gamel (born July 26, 1985) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. 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 was limited by injuries.
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. 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.
During 2013 Spring Training, Gamel retore his surgically repaired ACL and missed the entire 2013 season.
On December 13, 2013, Gamel signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. However, he re-injured himself doing workouts before spring training and was released by the Braves on February 18, 2014.
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