Ben Gamel

Ben Gamel

30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Gamel appeared in 122 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh during the 2021 campaign and slashed .247/.347/.388 with eight homers, 43 runs, 26 RBI and three stolen bases. He served mainly in the strong side of a platoon last year and looks set for significant playing time again in the Pittsburgh outfield. While he may sit against some lefties, he could hit in the top half of the lineup against righties. Gamel lacks upside, but he could be a solid compiler in NL-only leagues or draft-and-hold formats. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#580
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$Signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pirates in November of 2021.
Sitting against lefty
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 18, 2022
Gamel is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
ANALYSIS
Game is 0-for-13 in his past four games and will take a seat with southpaw Justin Steele pitching Wednesday for Chicago. Jack Suwinski will shift to left field while Diego Castillo starts in right.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
3
1
6
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .638 152 14 1 8 2 .243 .300 .338
Since 2020vs Right .768 503 57 13 43 3 .252 .352 .416
2022vs Left .683 20 2 0 1 1 .278 .350 .333
2022vs Right .776 108 13 3 14 1 .268 .343 .433
2021vs Left .623 108 8 1 7 1 .237 .283 .340
2021vs Right .777 292 35 7 19 2 .251 .370 .407
2020vs Left .667 24 4 0 0 0 .238 .333 .333
2020vs Right .730 103 9 3 10 0 .237 .311 .419
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .804 351 45 8 30 3 .272 .369 .435
Since 2020Away .661 304 26 6 21 2 .224 .307 .354
2022Home .748 69 9 2 8 1 .250 .348 .400
2022Away .775 59 6 1 7 1 .291 .339 .436
2021Home .829 216 26 5 17 2 .284 .381 .448
2021Away .624 184 17 3 9 1 .204 .306 .318
2020Home .780 66 10 1 5 0 .259 .348 .431
2020Away .654 61 3 2 5 0 .214 .279 .375
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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
0.46
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
21.9%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.148
 
AVG
.270
 
OBP
.344
 
SLG
.417
 
OPS
.761
 
wOBA
.338
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.5%
 
Barrels/PA
4.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gamel owns a minor-league career slash line of .290/.350/.408 in over 3,000 PA over the years, and a .261/.331/.388 line in nearly 1,400 PA at the big-league level. That slash line could work for a middle infielder, but for an outfielder with middling defense who does not steal bases and cannot hit lefties, it is tough to keep in the majors. Gamel was a starter in 2017, but the flaws surfaced with the extra playing time and he has been relegated to platoon work since. Milwaukee non-tendered Gamel in early December, leaving him to find a new home for his bench skills. He is still accepting of his walks, but has seen a large surge in strikeouts the past two seasons without any gains in his production. Perhaps focusing on shortening his swing to leverage his OBP skills against righties could help him land on his feet in another platoon situation.
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.
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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Hits third homer
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 13, 2022
Gamel went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a pair of runs scored in Friday's loss to the Reds.
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Big performance in doubleheader
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 8, 2022
Gamel went 5-for-9 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored across both games of Saturday's doubleheader against Cincinnati.
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Powers offense
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 4, 2022
Gamel went 5-for-8 with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored across both games of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
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Records double in loss
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 1, 2022
Gamel went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Padres.
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Sits against southpaw
OFPittsburgh Pirates
April 30, 2022
Gamel will be on the bench Saturday against San Diego.
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