The Milwaukee Brewers lack depth as it is but, with Ryan Braun possibly missing some time due to PED use the clamps will be even tighter in 2013. Mat Gamel is going to be a focal point in the Brewers success minus Braun.
Even if Braun does start the season his head will definitely be elsewhere and without a doubt impact his production on the field. Although Braun did pour in quite the season in 2012 I could see the slugger going through a slump given the less than ideal situation.
Gamel has experienced hardships of his own as he tore his ACL in May of 2012–the injury would sideline him for all but 21 games. The ceiling is incredibly high for the 27-year-old as he hit 28 home runs and batted .310 at the Triple-A level in 2011.
Obviously the Brewers are incredibly high on this left-handed bat who appears to have all the tools to be a great first basemen at the MLB level for years to come–I hope the load doesn’t become too big for Gamel in hopefully his first full season.
As I previously mentioned the Brewers lack depth at almost all of the key positions especially with Corey Hart going to down prior to the start of spring training. Rickie Weeks and Aramis Ramirez sure up the infield, however neither are foreign to the disabled list and could easily wind up there yet again in 2013.
At the end of the day I feel Gamel could make a play at the National League All-Star squad this year but, without Braun the task might be an uphill battle.