Ben Gamel
Ben Gamel
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Milwaukee Brewers
10-Day IL
Injury Quadriceps
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Brewers acquired Gamel from Seattle prior to the 2019 season in the deal that sent Domingo Santana to the West Coast. Gamel broke camp as the Brewers' fourth outfielder and filled that role up until August, occasionally seeing time in the starting lineup due to injuries. The outfielder saw his playing time dip following the promotion of Trent Grisham; Gamel spent a week in the minors at the end of August before returning for the final month of the season. Gamel wound up appearing in 134 games (65 starts), slashing .248/.337/.373 with seven home runs and two steals in 356 plate appearances. While Gamel's walk rate sat at a respectable 11.2%, his strikeout rate climbed to a career-worst 29.2%. The 27-year-old outfielder has an option remaining, so an assignment to Triple-A is possible, but it seems likely he opens as the Brewers' fifth outfielder. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Brewers in December of 2019. Contract includes $2.55 million team option for 2021.
Done for season
OFMilwaukee Brewers
Quadriceps
September 20, 2020
Gamel (quad) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Gamel's injury has been diagnosed as a quadriceps strain, and it will indeed cost him the remainder of the regular season. The team's hottest hitter coming out of summer camp, Gamel ended up slashing just .237/.315/.404 with three homers in 127 plate appearances. Tyrone Taylor and Jace Peterson are now the team's top reserve outfielders.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .784 155 17 1 11 1 .290 .387 .397
Since 2018vs Right .702 621 80 10 51 8 .247 .330 .372
2020vs Left .667 24 4 0 0 0 .238 .333 .333
2020vs Right .730 103 9 3 10 0 .237 .311 .419
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .784 366 49 6 34 5 .281 .372 .413
Since 2018Away .660 410 48 5 28 4 .232 .315 .345
2020Home .780 66 10 1 5 0 .259 .348 .431
2020Away .654 61 3 2 5 0 .214 .279 .375
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
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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
0.33
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
30.7%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.237
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.718
 
wOBA
.318
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Dealing with quad injury
OFMilwaukee Brewers
Quadriceps
September 18, 2020
Gamel was removed from Friday's win against the Royals with a quadriceps injury, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Fades into reserve role
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 14, 2020
Gamel is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.
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Leads off in third straight
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 5, 2020
Gamel hit leadoff for the third game in a row Friday and went 3-for-5 with a run.
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On base four times
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 31, 2020
Gamel went 3-for-3 with an RBI single, two runs scored and a walk in Monday's 6-5 win over the Pirates.
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Sitting again Monday
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 24, 2020
Gamel is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
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