Braves Release Mat Gamel

The Braves have released utilityman Mat Gamel, tweets David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gamel, who was trying to work back from a pair of ACL surgeries, apparently reinjured his knee last week during personal workouts.

Once a highly-regarded prospect, the 28-year-old hooked on with Atlanta when his career never took off in Milwaukee. He has consistently hammered pitching in the upper minors, but never yet had the chance to be a big league regular. Set to become the Brewers first baseman last year, Gamel instead suffered his second ACL tear and missed the year.


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  1. Porkins 1 year ago

    This guy has the worst luck!

  2. Eric 1 year ago

    Can you imagine being penciled in to be a starter in Major League Baseball only never having a chance due to injuries?

  3. Josh Griswell 1 year ago

    I would still have figured the Braves would have kept him in the minors even with a injured knee, I guess it must be a serious setback. I wonder if Gamel will retire?

    • Ruben_Tomorrow 1 year ago

      Doubt it. He would probably develop carpal tunnel syndrome after filling out the paperwork.

  4. Brian Baker 1 year ago

    What a shame. This guy was a real talent at the plate. I hope he didn’t tear it again and have to miss the 2014 season, but I’m beginning to wonder if he did. If it was something minor the Braves would have kept him around.

  5. Megan 1 year ago

    Brewers should pick him back up let him work it out in the minors and hopefully figure it out, people might call me stupid but I could see him being a chris davis type guy If he could stay healthy

    • Jim Sinicki 1 year ago

      You can’t be serious, can you? The guy tore the same ACL two straight times he’s stepped on the field, possibly three now (just guessing since Atlanta immediately released him).

      I can’t imagine ANY team looking at gamel in a serious manner right now, or in the near future.

      • Megan 1 year ago

        Not talking about him getting a contract while he’s hurt, can’t just give out money to people….. but when he gets healthy brewers could work out one of those weird contracts where he could get picked up for like nothing let him work it out in the minors, make sure he’s healthy, and find his swing. ……. its honestly something I could see brewers doing…… mat gamel has had so much wrong he’s bound to have something right to happen

        • Jim Sinicki 1 year ago

          I’d like to see him get on the field for one workout session without tearing an ACL. Just one

  6. Tigers72 1 year ago

    I heard he tore it again.

  7. Chris Leigh 1 year ago

    That’s unfortunate. I had high hopes for him as a bench bat this season.

  8. Captain Kangaroo 1 year ago

    carlos quentin, brian roberts, kyle blanks, chase utley, and ryan howard each had more AB’s in last season alone than Gamel’s had in the five years since he made it to the bigs.

  9. Daniel Morairity 1 year ago

    Where would he go??

  10. daveineg 1 year ago

    He wasn’t “set to become the Brewers first baseman last year”. That job belonged to Corey Hart. Hart was thought to be going to miss a month at most. Gamel was in the discussion briefly to be fill in until he got hurt again early in camp. Had Hart been healthy, Gamel would have had to fight for a bench job. The only year he went in as regular was in 2012, but blew out his knee less than 6 weeks in. On the play he got hurt, Gamel was going full steam with back to home down the RF line in Dodger stadium, and tried to pull up too late to avoid the low railing down the RF corner. It was not a real smart play on his part to put his body on the line like that for a foul ball but I think he was sensitive about the talk earlier in his career about being on the laid back side.

  11. Shel K 1 year ago

    Matt gamel, meet Ian Stewart – you two will have a lot to talk about.

  12. Pei Kang 1 year ago

    While I agree he never got back on track, the multiple injuries I am sure, had something to do with his regression.

  13. Captain Kangaroo 1 year ago

    he has just 269 career major league plate appearances spread over 5 long years… no one can say anything with any kind of certainty about what he’d do at the major league level.

    odd time to do it, too.

  14. Um…he was the opening day first baseman in 2012 and was hitting .281 through his first 17 games. A three game skid going 1 for 12 dropped his average to .246 before he blew out his knee in San Diego.

    His only other semi-consistent playing time was in 2009, where he pretty much hovered around .240 the entire time.

    Not sure what you are talking about. He’s still a victim of tiny sample sizes, having been stuck behind Prince and then suffering through injuries every year.

  15. Um…he was the opening day first baseman in 2012 and was hitting .281 through his first 17 games. A three game skid going 1 for 12 dropped his average to .246 before he blew out his knee in San Diego.

    His only other semi-consistent playing time was in 2009, where he pretty much hovered around .240 the entire time.

    Not sure what you are talking about. He’s still a victim of tiny sample sizes, having been stuck behind Prince and then suffering through injuries every year.

  16. pmollan 1 year ago

    Gamel is also a lazy bum. He had an attitude problem while with The Crew and it hampered his development.

  17. pmollan 1 year ago

    Gamel is also a lazy bum. He had an attitude problem while with The Crew and it hampered his development.

  18. pmollan 1 year ago

    His attitude also played a role.

  19. pmollan 1 year ago

    His attitude also played a role.

  20. Jim Sinicki 1 year ago

    Remember when roenicke batted him lead for a couple of games? Good god. WORST DECISION EVER

  21. Macha; but yes, pretty brutal.

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