There is a legitimate debate going on now in the Brewers community as to how to solve the problem of third base. There are three legitimate options right now: stick with Casey McGehee, call up Taylor Green and platoon the two, or call up Taylor Green and send Casey McGehee down to the minor leagues. Personally, I’m for the latter, although the second has it’s merits as well. A fourth notion has been mentioned by some: play Mat Gamel at third base. This is, flatly and simply, not an option.
I will be the first to declare that errors are not the end-all, be-all when it comes to defense. There does become a point, however, where one simply cannot ignore them. That point, specifically, is Mat Gamel’s minor league career, in which the 25-year-old has made a shocking 172 errors in 558 games. His fielding percentage at third base in the minor leagues is a staggering .887. Fielding percentages that don’t begin with 9 tend not to exist. Gamel was essentially threatening to break the statistic before his move to first base. For what its worth, Gamel was a whopping -48 runs below average according to Total Zone, which is as questionable as fielding stats get considering the oddities of the minor leagues. But it’s not good.