The New York Yankees have sent outfield prospect Ben Gamel down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to tonight’s match-up with the Kansas City Royals.
By Christian Kouroupakis
Ben Gamel, also known as the prospect with the greatest hair flow in the New York Yankees organization, has been sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to the Yankees’ PR department.
The flow master himself was 1-for-8 (.125) in his first five games in the Bronx but brought some of that youthful swagger that fans so desperately craved.
Gamel recorded the first hit of his major league career on Monday during the Yankees’ 6-3 victory but his most memorable highlight of his first taste of the show came on Tuesday night as he scored a key run in the 10-7 win.
On Brett Garnder’s double in the eighth inning, Gamel speeded around the bases to score from first after reading the ball in the outfield to perfection.
The 23-year old, in the meantime, will spend time in Northeast Pennsylvania where he has slashed .286/.346/.363 with one home run and seven stolen bases on nine attempts.
To replenish the roster spot for Gamel’s demotion, the Yankees recalled the left-handed pitcher, Tyler Olsen who owns a 6.75 ERA in 2.2 innings pitched in New York this season. In six games in Triple-A, he has surrendered 11 runs in 13.2 innings pitched including two home runs.
Why was this roster move made? Phil Coke went 3.1 innings of work in last night’s loss and in a Joe Girardi run bullpen, he is unavailable for the next two days. With Mark Teixeira returning to the lineup tonight it only makes sense to send down a position player to make room for a left-handed arm in the bullpen.
Don’t worry, folks, this is not the last you’ll hear of Benjamen Gamel and his A+ hair flow.
ROSTER MOVES: The @Yankees have recalled LHP Tyler Olson from Triple-A Scranton/WB and optioned OF Ben Gamel to Scranton/WB.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) May 12, 2016