Image: Ben Gamel – Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
2021 season Age: 28
Bats: Left ; Throws: Left
Contract: Non Roster Invitee
2020 stats: .237 avg 3 HR 10 RBi -0.4 WAR
2020 in review: After having solid platoon outfield numbers with Milwaukee Brewers in 2019, Gamel’s small sample size 2020 season left much to be desired. in his 5 year MLB career has posted very respectable numbers at the plate: .261 avg with a .331 OBP. Gamel has been known to take his bases more than the MLB average. in 2020 his plate production has been on decline which proves to be second straight season of decline. in 2020 Ben Gamel did have 11 extra bases hits in in 114 at-bats while also walking 13 times. So there is a small flash of production and promise from Gamels 2020 season.
At plate: The first thing that pops out is Gamel is known to take a walk. Gamel is in the 65th percentile in BB’s in 2020 season and in his career walks 9.1 % of his at bats. Both above league average. Meanwhile his hard hit % is in 19th percentile, meaning he does not make great contact on consistent basis. This shows in his below league average exit velocity: 87.6 mph.
In the field: In 2019 Ben Gamel was a exceptional outfielder with a 7.4 UZR in the field. This was not the case in 2020 his UZR diminished to -2.0. Gamel for his career -3.7 Arm runs above average, this goes to show he wont give you much in the outfield assist department. Teams will be willingly to run on Gamel when he’s in the outfield.
Beyond the Stats: Looking for positives with Gamel hes worthy of flier. in 295 career at-bats he surprisingly has hit .284 against LHP. While in 1088 at-bats against RHP, Gamel is still hitting a very respectable .255. This goes to show you could hypothetically play Gamel everyday in outfield. Although 509 at-bats is most Gamel has had in one season, and that was 2017. Meanwhile most of Gamel’s pop comes from RHP with having 20 of his 23 career homeruns vs. RHP.
2021 role: Ben Gamel will have to battle for one of outfield positions to make the big league roster out of camp. If he has a good spring and makes the roster; I’d expect him to platoon out of right field for as long as he can produce from the bottom of the lineup. The good slight hope is he has can get on base and also has some XBH potential.
Fantasy outlook: Odds are against him making the roster, and even if he does it will be in platoon role. I’d stay away from drafting him, even in a deep league.