If Milwaukee rookie Mat Gamel was a company, I’d sell my remortgage my home and use the extra money for Gamel stock.
OK. I wouldn’t go that far. However, I can’t imagine another player on your respective league’s waiver wire who’s owned by 5% or less of leagues who I’d want more. (There’s a mouthful).
Seriously. Look at the Brewers track record … Prince Fielder. Ryan Braun. Rickie Weeks. Yovani Gallardo. All home-grown guys.
So, when people both in and out of the Brew Crew’s organization are calling Gamel the next big thing, it is a smart idea to listen.
Gamel, a third baseman, was called up to the bigs on May 14 for mostly pinch hitting duties and a slow acclimation to major league pitching and play. Many experts expected Gamel to waffle back and forth between the majors and minors.
In his second major league game, Gamel his first official homer with Milwaukee. Since that time heading into Saturday’s action, Gamel was 4-for-8 at the plate with a home run and five RBI.
Meanwhile, the Brewers lost talented Rickie Weeks for the season to yet another injury. Weeks was on an offensive tear this season, and his production will be missed by Milwaukee. Gamel seems to have arrived at the right time, as coach Ken Macha may be more open to Gamel sticking around with the big-league club in an effort to help supplement the offense.
Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to go pick up Gamel while he’s available and see where things fall. Worst case scenario, he gets dropped down to the minors again and you can cut bait. On the flip side, you might be snagging the next big fantasy baseball talent at just the right time.