The versatility of Ben Gamel or the hot bat of Logan Morrison? The Brewers have a lot to contemplate in the coming weeks as they pare down their roster for Opening Day 2020. With just a few position spots open, the Brewers have to assess Gamel vs Morrison, and make a tough decision.
Ben Gamel offers versatility for the Brewers, with his ability to play all 3 outfield positions. Lorenzo Cain, Avisail Garcia and Christian Yelich will be the likely starters, but Gamel can fill in for all three when needed, and is a known entity to the Brewers. Gamel offers another left-handed bat to the roster.
This Spring Training, Logan Morrison has shown some flashes of his career year in 2017, when he blasted 38 home runs. Morrison is primarily a first baseman but Justin Smoak will be the Brewers’ starter in that position. Fortunately, Morrison can play some outfield too, and like Gamel, is a lefty. With Miller Park’s short porch, his explosive power could be a real asset, both coming off the bench and as a pinch hitter.
Factor in that Ryan Braun will also see time at first and in the outfield, and you have an interesting dilemma. Can the Brewers afford to keep both now that the roster is expanding to 26?
Gamel vs. Morrison: By the Numbers
Ben Gamel is 27 years old and is signed for 2020 at $1.4 million with an option for 2021. His career batting average is .263, although last year he hit .248 with 7 home runs. So far in Spring Training he is hitting .190. Gamel also still has an option for 2020, which means the Brewers can send him to AAA, if they choose.
Logan Morrison is 32. He inked a $1 million minor league deal with the Brewers, but recently shared that he won’t play if it’s in the minors. His career average is .239, and last year he hit .200 with 2 home runs. His last few years were marred with injury, but he has already hit 2 home runs in Spring Training and is currently batting .333.
Decision….Gamel or Morrison? Or Both?
Do the Brewers go for the versatility of Gamel, who has a higher batting average and the ability to play all three outfield positions? Or choose Morrison for his power potential? It’s a tough call no matter how you look at it. Tell us what you think…..
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