"I expect him to be one of the leaders," said Charleston manager Carlos Mendoza. "He's smart and I'd like to see him be a leader and take charge in the outfield."
Gamel has proven his offensive and defensive versatility, hitting .289 for the Staten Island Yankees in 2011 while playing all three outfield positions at one point or another. As a hitter, Gamel has skills that are difficult to teach.
"He's got a very good idea of the strike zone and very good plate discipline," according to coach Mendoza. "He's got a really good idea of what he's doing at the plate, sees the ball really well and has really good plate discipline," added hitting coach Greg Colbrunn.
Gamel carried this approach with him into this past Spring Training and has already seen some improvements.
"The strength that he had compared to last Spring Training, just the impact of the ball from one year to the next has improved," said Colbrunn. "He's a good hitter and the impact has greatly improved."
Whether or not these improvements will translate into a successful season in Charleston remains to be seen, but experience is key to the learning process.
"It's just a matter of getting to play everyday," said Coach Mendoza. "He's got to come ready to play everyday and do his work, it's just a matter of repetition."
Coach Colbrunn agreed saying, "just get better quality at bats day in and day out. There are a number of people on our team who just need to get experience."
Gamel has taken a holistic approach to improving his game. From his experience he is looking to improve on his overall abilities.
"I had a good spring training, made some adjustments, just worked on stuff that carried over from last season," said Gamel. "I'm just trying to get better everyday, put in the work and just focus on overall improvement."
Given his multifaceted baseball abilities as both a hitter and a fielder, it is no surprise that he will be looking to improve all aspects of his game as he continues to perform as a leader.
The Riverdogs coaching staff is excited to see how experience will transform Ben Gamel's game.
"He's a very good hitter and a great kid to work with," said Mendoza. "Just let him play and good things are going to happen."
Gamel Looks to Gain Experience This Season
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