Ben Gamel
Ben Gamel
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gamel is a good guy off the bench because he has an excellent eye at the plate and can earn a walk. If you are in a deep OBP league, and we're talking deep, Gamel has value. Otherwise, he has none. He cannot hit lefties and is a below-average defender. Those two factors will limit his playing time in Milwaukee. He saw a significant amount of time for a bad 2017 Mariners club, and that is the type of situation he needs in order to get significant playing time again. There is enough offense and baserunning ability to merit a reserve roster spot in deep single-league formats, but the path to value will come from an injury in front of him rather than some hidden power blossoming. There are players with more upside than Gamel, but he could end up with double-digit steals with enough playing time due to his on-base abilities. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract which includes a $2.55 million club option for the 2021 season in December of 2019.
Inks one-year deal
OFMilwaukee Brewers
December 2, 2019
Gamel signed a one-year contract with the Brewers on Monday, avoiding arbitration.
ANALYSIS
Gamel is expected to serve as the Brewers' fourth outfielder in 2020, a year after hitting .248 with seven home runs and 33 RBI over 134 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
4
8
22
5
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .753 258 30 2 26 1 .287 .349 .404
Since 2017vs Right .719 941 122 17 85 12 .261 .332 .387
2019vs Left .902 79 7 1 8 1 .354 .456 .446
2019vs Right .657 277 40 6 25 1 .220 .303 .354
2018vs Left .663 52 6 0 3 0 .222 .308 .356
2018vs Right .742 241 31 1 16 7 .283 .369 .373
2017vs Left .699 127 17 1 15 0 .275 .299 .400
2017vs Right .746 423 51 10 44 4 .275 .329 .416
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .770 574 69 10 59 6 .283 .349 .421
Since 2017Away .687 625 83 9 52 7 .251 .323 .364
2019Home .770 163 21 4 19 1 .275 .368 .401
2019Away .660 193 26 3 14 1 .225 .311 .349
2018Home .804 137 18 1 10 4 .300 .387 .417
2018Away .662 156 19 0 9 3 .248 .333 .328
2017Home .752 274 30 5 30 1 .280 .319 .433
2017Away .718 276 38 6 29 3 .271 .326 .392
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Stat Review
How does Ben Gamel compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
29.2%
 
BABIP
.347
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.248
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.373
 
OPS
.710
 
wOBA
.317
 
Exit Velocity
88.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.8%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Opportunity knocked for Gamel in 2017, and he responded with a surprisingly productive season. A 10th-round pick in 2010, he hit .318 from the time of his callup in late April until the end of July (83 games). Gamel faded in a major way down the stretch with a .198/.236/.335 line over the final two months, and those numbers are probably more indicative of who he is as a player rather than the ones he posted before the break. The 25-year-old turned in middling strikeout (22.2 percent) and walk (6.5 percent) rates, resulting in just a .315 wOBA, and the "expected" numbers from Statcast were ugly (.290 xwOBA, .244 xBA). Gamel was a net negative in the field, and given the fluky nature of his offensive numbers, another season of 500-plus plate appearances is no lock. He may be lucky to get to 400 even, as the Mariners could upgrade in left field at some point and relegate Gamel to a bench role.
Gamel won the International League Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and followed it up with the International League Most Valuable Player award in 2016. In late August, the Yankees wound up trading the potential Brett Gardner clone to the Mariners, who gave him a handful of starts down the stretch. The 24-year-old could eventually club 10 homers and steal 20 bases annually if his skills reach their peak, and the trade helps his avenues for playing time in the immediate future. Seattle will probably allow him to compete for a starting gig during spring training, and Gamel's defensive versatility will help his chances. Those in AL-only leagues should consider stashing him in one of their reserve spots.
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Will take on bigger role
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 11, 2019
Manager Craig Counsell, via FOX Sports Wisconsin, said following Tuesday's game that Gamel "will take a more prominent role" the rest of the way with Christian Yelich (kneecap) out for the season.
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Back with big club
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 31, 2019
Gamel was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday.
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Sent down
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 24, 2019
Gamel was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday.
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Logs season-high four hits
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 19, 2019
Gamel went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run Sunday in the Brewers' 16-8 win over the Nationals.
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Limited playing time since break
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 15, 2019
Gamel struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in Wednesday's victory over the Twins.
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