Sean Gamble: Not Worried About Struggles

Sean Gamble was the Phillies sixth round pick in last year's June draft and put up solid numbers in his first professional season. Gamble is playing with Lakewood this season after posting a .304 average with the Batavia MuckDogs of the New York-Penn League last year.

Gamble has struggled early on, posting a .178 batting average through the first thirteen games of the South Atlantic League season. The slow start hasn't phased Gamble saying, "going out there playing hard and that's all I can do." Gamble's start is emblematic of the team's start, however, as the BlueClaws have sputtered in the early going. Gamble believes that his BlueClaws could have a much better record if they had just gotten lucky. "We've battled hard. We just needed to get a couple of breaks go our way and we could have a much better record," says Gamble.

Gamble played his college ball at Auburn University and says that the college game taught him that he wasn't invincible. "It (the college game) taught me how to deal with failure more. I wasn't really accustomed to that in high school a lot," says Gamble. This experience could be valuable to Gamble as he experiences the personal turbulence of a slow start and he could also help his teammates as they try to recover from the BlueClaws slow start.

Most important among Gamble's college experience could be how well he is able to impart to his teammates what the college game has taught him. Gamble's locker is right next to Greg Golson's in the BlueClaw clubhouse and Golson has never played the college game. Being able to help younger, lesser experienced players like Golson could be Gamble's biggest asset to the team. Another important lesson that playing the college game taught Gamble was about "being on your own and being responsible," said the 21-year old Gamble. This is one of those lessons that Gamble would do well to impart upon his younger teammates, like Golson.

Gamble doesn't really have any numerical or advancement goals for himself or the team this year. "I don't really think that far ahead. I'm just worried about today and today's game," says Gamble.

Gamble isn't overly concerned with his own advancement either saying, "That's all stuff you can't control. I only worry about the stuff I can control and that's how I play." For all Gamble's experience you would think he would be more concerned with his own advancement toward the majors and his team's performance than the attitude he professed.

Gamble needs to focus more on his production to have a chance to seriously advance to the upper levels of the Phillies organization. His resignation to his team's early season frustrations as being preventable could be taken as a lack of heart and desire, which is troubling. That lack of desire – if it exists - could very well be the thing that limits Gamble's advancement in baseball.

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