Former Milwaukee Brewers fan favorite Ben Gamel recently had his contract selected by the San Diego Padres. The Padres will be his sixth big league organization in which he additionally has spent time with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Guardians, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gamel, a 31 year old outfielder, was drafted by the Yankees in 2010 out of Bishop Kenny High School. Six years later he made his MLB debut with the Yankees but was dealt that August to Seattle. He remained a Mariner until December of 2018 when he was traded to the Brewers in a deal revolving around slugger Domingo Santanta.
With Milwaukee he served the role of backup outfielder and ended up electing free agency upon conclusion of the 2020 season. From there he bounced around between the Guardians and Pirates before signing a minor league contract with the Rays in February. Tampa Bay then traded him in July of 2023 to the Padres and he now is having his contract selected by San Diego.
Milwaukee Brewers fan favorite Ben Gamel will get a big league opportunity with the San Diego Padres (MLB News).
In both the Rays and Padres minor league systems Ben Gamel is slashing .286/.402/.490 this year across 332 plate appearances This performance is good enough to warrant him another shot in the big leagues, although it remains to be seen as to how significant of a role he will have with the team.
Another contributing factor to Gamel having his contract selected is that another former Brewer, Ji Man Choi, was placed on the Padres IL with a left rib strain. Choi was dealt to the Padres along with Rich Hill at the deadline for three prospects.
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