Gamel Ready For More Of The Same

Gamel is down in the DR for the next two weeks

Ben Gamel hit .280 for the Gulf Coast League Yankees this past season, albeit in just seven games. He went to Instructs down in Tampa to get more at-bats and to begin his transition from centerfield to the corner outfield spots, and he says those two items are atop his agenda for Dominican Instructs as well.

"I feel like I improved a ton," Ben Gamel said after his first Instructional League camp. "I was struggling a little bit in the outfield but the coaches really helped me out with everything. I had fun. I didn't get to play too much this season so it was good for me to get at-bats."

A centerfielder for Bishop Kenny High School before being drafted in the tenth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, the Yankees, boasting a plethora of centerfielders at the lower levels, began moving Gamel to the corners in Tampa earlier this month.

"I was a centerfielder all of my life and now they've got me in the corners," he said. "[The hardest part] has basically been the reads off the bats. The ball looks different from the corner."

He is now in the Dominican Republic to continue to get more at-bats at the plate and more reps in both right field and left field, and many feel the natural centerfielder's pure athleticism will make his transition to the corners an easy one.

That athleticism was on full display at Tampa during the first Instructional League camp when Gamel won the obstacle course portion of the skills contest against the likes of Eladio Moronta and Mason Williams.

"I went into it with a good idea that I'd win it," he said. "I'm quick. I'm not 60 [yard] fast but I'm quick so it's easier for me to do to quick cuts. I was pretty confident going into it."

Offensively, Gamel says the coaches have been helping him drive through the ball more and he believes that he will eventually have enough power to play the corner outfield spots down the road.

For the time being, however, even though it is going to be more of the same, he is just looking forward to starting his second Instructional League camp on Monday down in the Dominican Republic to keep his development going.

"It's been great. I love playing everyday. I love baseball and I'm just thankful they gave me an opportunity to play and to prove myself. I can't wait [for Dominican Instructs]."

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