Name: Ben Gamel
School level: HS
For their 10th pick the Yankees went with a high school product out of Florida, Ben Gamel. Gamel is 5’10″ and 180 lbs., he’s a left handed hitting center fielder. He’s also the younger brother of the Brewers’ Mat Gamel.
I had a chance to interview Gamel the day of the draft and he was a very polite kid who is excited about becoming a Yankee. He has a commitment to Florida State, but he assured me that won’t stop him from signing. Early comparisons are being made with his brother and Yankee prospect Corban Joseph.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Neptune Beach’s Ben Gamel is the younger brother of Brewers big leaguer Mat and has similar hitting tools as his brother. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Gamel isn’t toolsy, as he’s just an average runner with a fringy arm and modest home run power with wood bats. But he has a compact, fluid stroke from the left side, one of the purest swings in the state, and could challenge the .400 mark at Florida State’s Dick Howser Stadium, which is built for lefthanded hitters. Scouts laud Gamel’s grinder makeup, and it’s conceivable that his bat and makeup could push him into the first five rounds.