Ben Gamel

Ben Gamel

32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Mets in February of 2024.
Called up from Triple-A
OFNew York Mets
June 25, 2024
The Mets selected Gamel's contract from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday.
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Gamel will be brought up to the major-league roster for the first time this season, providing additional help in the outfield with Starling Marte (knee) hitting the 10-day injured list. Gamel owns a .961 OPS with seven home runs across 190 plate appearances with Syracuse and should compete with DJ Stewart and Tyrone Taylor for work in right field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+400%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+387%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .568 114 17 1 9 2 .188 .281 .287
Since 2022vs Right .721 336 32 8 39 4 .241 .333 .388
2024vs Left 1.500 2 4 0 0 1 .500 .500 1.000
2024vs Right .300 10 1 0 0 0 .000 .300 .000
2023vs Left 1.500 2 1 0 2 0 .500 .500 1.000
2023vs Right .308 13 1 0 0 0 .154 .154 .154
2022vs Left .530 110 12 1 7 1 .175 .273 .258
2022vs Right .751 313 30 8 39 4 .252 .342 .409
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .675 232 24 3 25 2 .234 .345 .330
Since 2022Away .688 218 25 6 23 4 .222 .294 .394
2024Home .600 5 2 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000
2024Away .429 7 3 0 0 1 .143 .143 .286
2023Home .636 11 1 0 2 0 .273 .273 .364
2023Away .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2022Home .674 216 21 3 23 2 .234 .343 .332
2022Away .711 207 21 6 23 3 .230 .304 .406
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.75
 
BB Rate
25.0%
 
K Rate
33.3%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.111
 
AVG
.111
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.222
 
OPS
.556
 
wOBA
.278
 
Exit Velocity
96.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
60.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
Expected BA
.201
 
Expected SLG
.365
 
Sprint Speed
24.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
60.0%
 
Line Drive %
20.0%
 
Fly Ball %
20.0%
 
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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.
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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Misses Opening Day roster
OFNew York Mets
March 28, 2024
The Mets reassigned Gamel to minor-league camp March 19, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Gets MiLB deal from Mets
OFNew York Mets
February 12, 2024
Gamel signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.
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Pursuing free agency
OFFree Agent
September 12, 2023
Gamel elected free agency Saturday.
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Gets outrighted to minors
OFSan Diego Padres
September 11, 2023
The Padres outrighted Gamel to Triple-A El Paso on Saturday.
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Dropped from 40-man roster
OFSan Diego Padres
September 7, 2023
Gamel was designated for assignment by the Padres on Thursday.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could draw trade interest
OFPittsburgh Pirates
July 12, 2022
Gamel could be on the radar of teams needing a fourth outfielder, opines Roy Biertempfel of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
Gamel is an excellent defensive corner outfielder and can play center field or first base in a pinch. Offensively, he's produced a slightly above average .247/.332/.386 line, good for a 105 wRC+. With just the prorated portion of a $1.8 million salary for this season owed to him, he would be a relatively cheap addition for an acquiring team looking for outfield depth without costing a huge prospect haul.
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