Scouting Yankees Prospect #43: Ben Gamel

The Yankees selected outfielder Ben Gamel in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Bishop Kenny High School in Florida. A versatile offensive and defensive player, he had a very solid showing in his first extended taste of professional baseball in 2011.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ben Gamel
Position: Outfield
DOB: May 17, 1992
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

He hit .289 for the New York Penn League Champion Staten Island Yankees in 2011 in what was essentially his professional debut season, chipping in with 19 doubles and two home runs, all while showing the ability to play all three outfield positions well.

"It was awesome," he said of his season. "I had an awesome experience in Staten Island with a great bunch of guys. As a team we played unreal. We didn't lose many games. We were a real young team but it was the best team I ever played on. We had a blast.

"Personally there's always room for improvement. You beat yourself up a little bit. I'm content with the year I had but it could have been better. I had a good year I felt like personally but there's always room for improvement."

He lists his strikeouts as an area he could improved upon, noting that perhaps he was a bit too patient at the plate trying to take walks instead of being a little more aggressive earlier in the counts.

"My hitting has been a work in progress so I kept working on what I've been working on during the regular season," he said. "I worked a lot in the outfield too on my first steps and not wasting more steps than I need to have to get to the ball."

Defensively he has no real glaring issues. A rangy corner outfielder with a strong arm, he has the ability to man centerfield in stretches if called upon. Where he doesn't have the best speed, however, to play center on a daily basis, it is a true plus asset in the corners.

Conversely, while the range is a no-doubter in the corners and even though most scouts find his swing impressive, to play in the corner outfield spots long-term his power will have to improve.

"You want to improve on everything," Gamel said. "I definitely want to get stronger and put weight on. I think my speed is fine for playing right field. Maybe [improve] my arm strength but that comes with getting bigger and stronger too. Really I'm just trying to get bigger and stronger.

"I'd like to think [the power is] coming. Look at my brother, my brother hit 28 home runs last year and 28 doubles so I'd like to think – he's seven years older than me – I'd like to think it's coming."

Noting that it took his brother Mat Gamel, a third base prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, some time for his power to develop, Ben, as well as some Yankee officials, think his power will develop in the coming years too.

"I think so," opined 2011 Staten Island manager and 2012 Trenton hitting coach Tommy Slater. "He's a really good hitter and he'll show you flashes of his power. He's young but he really drove some balls this year.

"I think down the road you're looking at a guy who could hit 20-25 home runs. He's got such a good swing that I think the power will develop for him. He's got a good eye at the plate and he's such a solid baseball player, which isn't surprising with the family [history], having an older brother that is such a good player."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2011 Staten Island .289 190 19 2 30 20 7 24 50 .373 .432
2010 GCL Yankees .280 25 1 0 0 3 1 3 8 .357 .320


Batting and Power. The 19-year old already possesses both a big league swing and an advanced approach to hitting. Showing great patience at the plate, his biggest strength, it can also be his biggest weakness because sometimes he will let the good pitches go by in the name of getting on base. He is very adept at using the entire field and driving the pitches from gap to gap. His power currently rates at below average but a lot of scouts believe with his frame able to put on some useful weight in the coming years that he could bump that up to big league average.

Base Running and Speed. Gamel is not a burner by any means but he is extremely athletic and agile, leading many scouts to believe he could have an impact on the base paths. It might not show up in actual stolen base production, but his aggressive running style and overall base running intelligence will allow him to take the extra bases.

Defense. Gamel is a bit of a 'tweener' when it comes to centerfield. He has the kind of range that could be an asset to spell a starter there if called upon, but it is more than enough to project as a plus tool for the corner spots. His arm strength is big league average too and that could move up a grade as he fills out his rather slender frame. He is a solid all-around defensive player.

Projection. With a big league swing, an ability to hit to all fields, average speed, and the kind of innate defensive versatility to play all three outfield positions well, Gamel offers the safe projection as a future big league reserve outfielder someday. There is some power potential as well, however, and should that facet of his game continue to progress like some scouts believe it can to become an average tool, his ceiling would be that of a starting corner outfielder. In some ways he compares favorably to a left-handed hitting version of former Yankee outfielder Melky Cabrera production-wise as a gap hitter whose ultimate ceiling will depend on his eventual home run power.

ETA. N/A. Gamel is ready to break camp in the long-season leagues in 2012 where he should be a mainstay in the Charleston lineup.

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\r\nName: Ben Gamel
\r\nPosition: Outfield
\r\nDOB: May 17, 1992
\r\nHeight: 5'11\"
\r\nWeight: 180
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Left
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\r\nHe hit .289 for the New York Penn League Champion Staten Island Yankees in 2011 in what was essentially his professional debut season, chipping in with 19 doubles and two home runs, all while showing the ability to play all three outfield positions well.
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\r\n\"It was awesome,\" he said of his season. \"I had an awesome experience in Staten Island with a great bunch of guys. As a team we played unreal. We didn't lose many games. We were a real young team but it was the best team I ever played on. We had a blast.
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\r\n\"Personally there's always room for improvement. You beat yourself up a little bit. I'm content with the year I had but it could have been better. I had a good year I felt like personally but there's always room for improvement.\"
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\r\nHe lists his strikeouts as an area he could improved upon, noting that perhaps he was a bit too patient at the plate trying to take walks instead of being a little more aggressive earlier in the counts.
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\r\n\"My hitting has been a work in progress so I kept working on what I've been working on during the regular season,\" he said. \"I worked a lot in the outfield too on my first steps and not wasting more steps than I need to have to get to the ball.\"
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\r\nDefensively he has no real glaring issues. A rangy corner outfielder with a strong arm, he has the ability to man centerfield in stretches if called upon. Where he doesn't have the best speed, however, to play center on a daily basis, it is a true plus asset in the corners.
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\r\nConversely, while the range is a no-doubter in the corners and even though most scouts find his swing impressive, to play in the corner outfield spots long-term his power will have to improve.
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\r\n\"You want to improve on everything,\" Gamel said. \"I definitely want to get stronger and put weight on. I think my speed is fine for playing right field. Maybe [improve] my arm strength but that comes with getting bigger and stronger too. Really I'm just trying to get bigger and stronger.
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\r\n\"I'd like to think [the power is] coming. Look at my brother, my brother hit 28 home runs last year and 28 doubles so I'd like to think – he's seven years older than me – I'd like to think it's coming.\"
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\r\nNoting that it took his brother Mat Gamel, a third base prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, some time for his power to develop, Ben, as well as some Yankee officials, think his power will develop in the coming years too.
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\r\n\"I think so,\" opined 2011 Staten Island manager and 2012 Trenton hitting coach Tommy Slater. \"He's a really good hitter and he'll show you flashes of his power. He's young but he really drove some balls this year.
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\r\n\"I think down the road you're looking at a guy who could hit 20-25 home runs. He's got such a good swing that I think the power will develop for him. He's got a good eye at the plate and he's such a solid baseball player, which isn't surprising with the family [history], having an older brother that is such a good player.\"
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AVG

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AB

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2B

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HR

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RBI

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BB

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OBP

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SLG

\r\n 2011\r\n Staten Island\r\n .289\r\n 190\r\n 19\r\n 2\r\n 30\r\n 20\r\n 7\r\n 24\r\n 50\r\n .373\r\n .432
\r\n 2010\r\n GCL Yankees\r\n .280\r\n 25\r\n 1\r\n 0\r\n 0\r\n 3\r\n 1\r\n 3\r\n 8\r\n .357\r\n .320

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\r\nBatting and Power. The 19-year old already possesses both a big league swing and an advanced approach to hitting. Showing great patience at the plate, his biggest strength, it can also be his biggest weakness because sometimes he will let the good pitches go by in the name of getting on base. He is very adept at using the entire field and driving the pitches from gap to gap. His power currently rates at below average but a lot of scouts believe with his frame able to put on some useful weight in the coming years that he could bump that up to big league average.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Gamel is not a burner by any means but he is extremely athletic and agile, leading many scouts to believe he could have an impact on the base paths. It might not show up in actual stolen base production, but his aggressive running style and overall base running intelligence will allow him to take the extra bases.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Gamel is a bit of a 'tweener' when it comes to centerfield. He has the kind of range that could be an asset to spell a starter there if called upon, but it is more than enough to project as a plus tool for the corner spots. His arm strength is big league average too and that could move up a grade as he fills out his rather slender frame. He is a solid all-around defensive player.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. With a big league swing, an ability to hit to all fields, average speed, and the kind of innate defensive versatility to play all three outfield positions well, Gamel offers the safe projection as a future big league reserve outfielder someday. There is some power potential as well, however, and should that facet of his game continue to progress like some scouts believe it can to become an average tool, his ceiling would be that of a starting corner outfielder. In some ways he compares favorably to a left-handed hitting version of former Yankee outfielder Melky Cabrera production-wise as a gap hitter whose ultimate ceiling will depend on his eventual home run power.
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\r\nETA. N/A. Gamel is ready to break camp in the long-season leagues in 2012 where he should be a mainstay in the Charleston lineup.
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