BEN GAMEL, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: May 17, 1992
Drafted: 10th Round, 325th Overall, 2010 (Yankees)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Indians)
High School: Bishop Kennedy HS (Jacksonville, FL)
Agents: Jet Sports Management
WTM’s PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Gamel was drafted due to his hit tool. He’s a gap-to-gap hitter with very modest over-the-fence power. His speed and arm are about average. The Yankees signed Gamel to an above-slot contract after drafting him in the tenth round. He advanced slowly through the minors, finally having something of a breakout season in AAA in 2015. He’s been about an average hitter in the majors and have a modest reverse platoon split. Gamel plays all three outfield positions and is probably around average defensively. The Pirates acquired him on a waiver claim.
Gamel debuted very briefly in the GCL after signing late.
The Yankees sent Gamel to the New York-Penn League, where he played right field. He had a good season, with gap power and reasonably good patience.
Splitting his time between left and center, Gamel had a solid season in low A. He hit for average, but not for power and his walk rate dropped sharply.
Gamel spent most of the season in the Florida State League. Considering the tough environment — the league slugged .370 — he hit fairly well. He more than doubled his walk rate and had surprising success stealing base. The Yankees played him mostly in left.
In AA, Gamel didn’t hit especially well, with everything falling off. He again played mostly left, with a little time in center.
Gamel had something of a breakout season in AAA, showing much more power than previously. He played mainly in center. The Yankees added Gamel to their 40-man roster after the season and Baseball America ranked him the #21 prospect in their system.
Gamel spent most of the season in AAA, where he hit about the same as the previous year, but with less power. He made his debut with the Yankees in May, but at the end of August they traded him to Seattle. He played mostly center in the minors and right in the majors.
Gamel spent most of the season as Seattle’s regular left fielder. His hitting was average for a major leaguer, producing a 100 OPS+.
Gamel was hurt at the start of the season, but moved up to Seattle after a rehab. He hit about the same as the previous year, with less power and more walks. His playing time was reduced and he spent August in AAA. He split his time between the outfield corners. After the season, Seattle traded him to Milwaukee.
Gamel spent nearly all the season with the Brewers, serving as a fourth outfielder. He played all three spots, but mostly left. His hitting fell off a little.
Gamel was the Brewers’ primary right fielder during the pandemic season. He hit for a little more power but didn’t get on base as much. Milwaukee non-tendered him after the season and he became a free agent. Cleveland signed him to a minor league deal.
The Indians added Gamel to their roster at the end of spring training. He played very little and was designated for assignment in early May. The Pirates claimed him off waivers.
At the time the Pirates claimed Gamel, their outfield situation had been a continuous fiasco. They’d been alternating between outfielders who struggled to hit .100 and infielders who didn’t hit much more and had fielding mishaps. Gamel won’t have to hit much to be an upgrade.
|Signing Bonus: $500,000
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 5/6/2016
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2023
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: November 20, 2015
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2016, 2017)
MLB Service Time: 4.029
|June 8, 2010: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 10th round, 325th overall pick; signed on August 15.
November 20, 2015: Contract purchased by the New York Yankees.
August 31, 2016: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Seattle Mariners for Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula.
December 21, 2018: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with Noah Zavolas to the Milwaukee Brewers for Domingo Santana.
December 2, 2020: Elected free agency.
February 12, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Cleveland Indians.
March 27, 2021: Called up by the Cleveland Indians.
May 5, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
May 9, 2021: Claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians by the Pittsburgh Pirates.