While it was impressive that Gamel led the Southern League in RBIs, total bases and extra-base hits, he also finished second in average, fourth in OPS and fifth in slugging. It seems even more impressive when considering he played the last two months with a bad elbow and he hit .243 in July and .205 in August.
Scouting report: A terrific pure hitter from the left side, Gamel has better than average power and pop to all fields. His defense lags behind the bat -- as his error totals indicate -- though he has improved. Most of the miscues were of the throwing variety.
Upside potential: If he can improve defensively, a terrific everyday third baseman who can hit in the middle of a lineup. His bat will play at other positions, too.
They said it: "He has a natural swing and the knack for getting his hits. He will hit big-league pitching."-- Reid Nichols, Brewers special assistant to the GM/director of player development
He said it: "I'm excited. I feel a lot better at the plate. I'm just starting to see the ball better again and taking better swings. A change of scenery may be a good thing. I've got to go up there, relax and just play my game." -- On his promotion to Triple-A at the end of the year