Ben Gamel

Benjamin Joseph Gamel (born May 17, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ben Gamel
Gamel with the Mariners in 2017
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1992-05-17) May 17, 1992
Neptune Beach, Florida
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 6, 2016, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Batting average.253
Home runs40
Runs batted in198
Teams

Career

Early life

Gamel attended Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] He committed to play college baseball at Florida State University.[2]

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees selected Gamel in the 10th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.[1][3] He signed with the Yankees and made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He played in 2011 for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League and in 2012 with the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League. He began the 2013 season with the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League before being promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League.[4] He returned to Trenton in 2014 and played for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League in 2015. The Yankees added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[5]

Gamel with the Mariners

After attending spring training, Gamel began the 2016 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.[6] The Yankees promoted Gamel to the major leagues on May 5,[7] and he made his major league debut as a defensive replacement on May 6.[8] He spent the majority of the 2016 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and won the International League Most Valuable Player Award.[9]

Seattle Mariners

On August 31, 2016, the Seattle Mariners acquired Gamel from the Yankees for minor league pitchers Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula.[10] In 2017, Gamel played in 134 contests for Seattle, slashing .275/.322/.413 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI over 509 at-bats. Gamel hit .272/.358/.370 with one homer and 19 RBI over 257 at-bats in 101 games for the Mariners in 2018.[11]

Milwaukee Brewers

On December 21, 2018, the Mariners traded Gamel and Noah Zavolas to the Milwaukee Brewers for Domingo Santana.[12] Gamel played in 134 games for the Brewers in 2019, slashing .248/.337/.373 with 7 home runs and 33 RBI over 311 at-bats. In 2020, Gamel appeared in 40 contests, hitting .237/.315/.404 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 114 at-bats.[11] On December 2, 2020 Gamel was non tendered by the Brewers, making him a free agent.[13]

Cleveland Indians

On February 11, 2021, Gamel signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians organization that included an invitation to Spring Training.[14] The Indians selected Gamel's contract on March 27, 2021.[15] Gamel was designated for assignment on May 5, 2021.[16]

Pittsburgh Pirates

On May 9, 2021, Gamel was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[17] In 111 games for the Pirates, Gamel batted .255/.352/.399 with 8 home runs and 26 RBIs.

Personal life

His brother, Mat Gamel played Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers.[18] Gamel and his wife Lauren had their first child, a daughter, in March 2022.[19]

References

  1. "Bishop Kenny's Ben Gamel drafted by Yankees; five others with area ties picked in second day". jacksonville.com. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  2. "Ben Gamel Class of 2010 – Player Profile | Perfect Game USA". Perfect Game.
  3. "Ben Gamel of Bishop Kenny will sign with Yankees". jacksonville.com. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. "EL All-Star Gamel earning plaudits for strong start". trentonian.com. July 12, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  5. "Yankees protect three from Rule 5 Draft". New York Yankees. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  6. "Pregame notes: Sent to Triple-A, Gamel still firmly on big league radar". lohud.com. March 20, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  7. "OF Ben Gamel joining Yankees". SNY. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  8. "Yankees survive crazy 9th inning to top Sox Republican American Mlb". Archived from the original on June 5, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  9. Jennings, Chad (August 30, 2016). "Ben Gamel named International League Player of the Year". The Journal News. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  10. Johns, Greg (August 31, 2016). "Mariners acquire OF Gamel from Yankees". MLB.com. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  11. "Ben Gamel Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com.
  12. "Mariners acquire outfielder Domingo Santana from the Brewers". The Seattle Times. December 21, 2018.
  13. "Complete List Of Non-Tendered Players". mlbtraderumors.com. December 2, 2020. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  14. "Indians Sign Ben Gamel". MLB Trade Rumors.
  15. "Indians Designate Beau Taylor For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors.
  16. Byrne, Connor (May 5, 2021). "Indians Place Roberto Perez On IL, Select Rene Rivera, DFA Ben Gamel". MLB Trade Rumors.
  17. "Pirates Claim Ben Gamel, Designate Michael Feliz". MLB Trade Rumors.
  18. "Ben and Mat Gamel relishing chance to play together with New York Yankees". yesnetwork.com. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  19. "Ben Gamel has a larger role — and a kid — but isn't about to change his approach with the Pirates".
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