PHOENIX -- Third-base prospect Mat Gamel was among the first Spring Training arrivals this year, and that's a good thing. He's going to be busy. Manager Ron Roenicke said Gamel would see spring action at the corner outfield spots and first base in addition to his usual duties at third. He'll be among the players considered for an Opening Day spot on the Brewers' bench. "The guy can hit," Roenicke said. "So if he can make us believe he can play a lot of positions, it helps him in making teams."
Gamel missed the start of last season after suffering a spring "lat" injury but still managed to bat .304 with 14 home runs and 74 RBIs in 96 games at three levels. He'll turn 26 in late July and has one Minor League option remaining. Does he seem open to embracing a utility role? "I haven't had enough conversations to really know that answer," Roenicke said, "but you would think that if you're in his shoes, you would be open to anything."