Gamel Cools Off But No. 1 in Fab 50

Huntsville third baseman Mat Gamel, in an 0-for-15 slump entering play Wednesday, was named the No. 1 minor leaguer according to MinorLeagueNews.com's midseason Fab 50 report.

Nashville

Heading into Wednesday's afternoon contest against Tacoma, the Sounds still led the Pacific Coast League with 113 steals (in 151 attempts). Twelve of the 15 PCL teams hadn't even attempted 113 steals.

Tuesday night marked the 38th time this season that Nashville had been limited to two runs or less, which amounts to 37 percent of its games. A big part of that is because the Sounds entered play today with a league-low 78 home runs.

Huntsville

Mat Gamel, still the Southern League's leading hitter at .362, was 0 for 4 against Carolina on Tuesday night with three strikeouts. For the first time this season, Gamel has now gone four games in a row without a hit and is 0 for his last 15.

However, Gamel sits atop the league in RBIs with 81, total bases with 236 and slugging percentage at .586. He shares the league lead with teammate Cole Gillespie with 33 doubles and his 15 homers are second behind former Huntsville slugger Matt LaPorta and West Tennessee's Michael Wilson, who have 20.

Gamel was recently named the No. 1 player in minor league baseball according to the editorial board at MinorLeagueNews.com and its fifth edition of the Fab 50, a midseason talent and movement ranking.

Gillespie's 13th homer was his third of the season against the Mudcats, who improved to 8-4 against Huntsville this year.

West Virginia

Infielder Eric Farris contributed three hits during the Power's 7-0 victory Tuesday night against Rome, extending his hitting streak to eight straight games, meaning he's hit safely in 23 of his last 24 contests.

Helena

The Brewers ended up dropping Tuesday night's rain-delayed contest, 3-2 in 10 innings at Casper. The visitors managed only four hits and none after Erik Komatsu's second single to lead off the sixth. They also struck out 13 times in falling to 18-16.


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