As former top prospect Gavin Lux continues to carve himself out a role as the ultimate utility man for the Dodgers this year, his development in the centerfield may come as great news to the organization.
Manager Dave Roberts expressed his optimism about Lux’s ability to improve at his new position, saying that his confidence level in the 23-year old IF/OF is growing “immensely.”
“I think the one part of it is the athlete and the buy-in, the will to get better,” Roberts said. “And I can see just an aggressiveness. And there’s no tentativeness as far as attacking the baseball.”
Roberts said his second year player’s willingness to do whatever is asked of him for the betterment of the club is notable during his position carousel.
“His just kind of buy-in to whatever helps the ballclub, I think, has been huge for us,” Roberts said. “Huge boost.”
Roberts made clear that Lux is still viewed as a middle infielder but said his seamless transition to the outfield when needed can only benefit him and the team.
The Dodgers skipper alluded to the success of utility man Chris Taylor when talking about the value of being able to shift Lux around the diamond.
“I think his value has increased for me,” Roberts said. “Look no further than Chris Taylor, what he’s done and could argue he’s an MVP for our ballclub.”
While it’s still relatively premature to discern whether he has ultimately found his groove at the new position, Roberts conceded that Lux has become a nice asset to the club given his adaptability.
“Gavin’s still in the infancy of his career but I think seeing this makes us value him even more,” Roberts said.
Lux has made 14 total starts in the outfield, four of which have been in center this season.
Lux’s batting average is up to .243 with 46 RBIs following the recent tear he’s been on since being brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma City.