Feb 17, 2013; Maryvale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel (24) poses for a picture during photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Mat Gamel Signed to MiLB Deal

The Braves have signed Mat Gamel (1B, 3B) to a minor league deal, per Ben Nicholson-Smith .

Update:

Mat Gamel was a former top prospect for the Brewers (#34 in the nation prior to the 2009 season, per Baseball Prospectus), and was projected to be their starting 1B each of the last 2 seasons. Two ACL injuries to his right knee, one in 2012, and another in February of this year, unfortunately ruined his young promising career.

If he can stay healthy this time around, Gamel can possibly provide a big boost to our bench as a lefty power bat; the last full season he played, (2011, at AAA, he hit .310/.372/.540/.912 with 28 HRs, in 545 PAs. This is a no-risk, but potentially high reward move. He’s projected to be above average with the bat per Steamer and and Oliver statistical projections, with good power.

It’s not clear what this could mean for Joey Terdoslavich (or possibly signing Eric Chavez), but at least we have multiple options now. This is an A+ move for the Braves in my opinion.

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