#MLBPlayers411 | Ben Gamel
When Ben Gamel (pronounced \GAM-uhl\) was traded to Seattle last season, he seized an opportunity to become an everyday player.
The 5-foot-11, 187-pound outfielder was traded from the Yankees and their deep, crowded farm system to the Mariners at the waiver trade deadline in 2016, and this season has been in the majors since April 26.
"He's a good player," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said after the trade. "He's done what you can do in Triple-A and deserves an opportunity. He does a lot of things well. He plays all three outfield spots. Everything about his game from a tool perspective is average to above.”
This season, the 25-year-old is among the American League's top rookies, ranking sixth with 130 hits and fifth with 65 runs scored. Overall, Gamel is hitting .278 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs, splitting time between left and right field for the Mariners. Gamel has seen time batting at every lineup slot except for the third and fourth spots.
“He's competing and he plays hard all the time,” manager Scott Servais told the Seattle Times. “That's all we ask of our guys.”
In the first half, Gamel had the sixth-highest batting average (.323) in the AL (min. 200 at-bats) and in June put together the best month at the plate by a Mariner since 2013, hitting .393 (42-for-107).
He is also one of seven players this season to have three separate hitting streaks of 10 or more games along with Francisco Lindor, Brett Gardner, Charlie Blackmon, Dee Gordon, Mike Moustakas and Odubel Herrera.
Gamel followed in his older brother's footsteps to the big leagues.
"It was awesome growing up with Mat," the younger Gamel told YES Network. "You know, you're looking up to your big brother your whole life, so always whatever he did, I wanted to do; I guess baseball is part of that."
Mat – nearly seven years older than Ben – played in parts of five seasons in the majors with the Brewers.
Last season the younger Gamel made his MLB debut with the Yankees during a quick call-up in May.
Later in the year, Gamel was named the International League's Most Valuable Player after he hit .308, with 80 runs scored, 37 extra-base hits and 51 RBIs in 116 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. A day after taking home the honor, Gamel was traded to the Mariners.
"I thought he was a kid who had some talent," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the Newark Star-Ledger this season. "I don't know if any of us saw what he's doing this year coming, but there were a lot of people in our organization that were really high on him."
The Yankees drafted Gamel in the 10th round of the 2010 draft out of Bishop Kenny High School.
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