The 2020 season went largely according to plan for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only did they finally end their 32-year title drought, but they also added plenty of talent to remain competitive for years to come.
Much of the Dodgers’ success came thanks to their young stars, most notably Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin. Their impact helped ease the load on the veterans and helped them find momentum heading into next year. One name that you would have expected to see more of, however, is former number one prospect Gavin Lux.
A Forgettable 2020 Season
Gavin Lux 2020 Stats
- 19 Games Played
- .175 BA
- 3 HR
- 8 RBI
2020 could not have gone any worse for Gavin Lux. As a late arrival to Dodgers training camp, he faced an uphill climb from the start. He did not have enough time to round into shape prior to Opening Day, and as a result, he was left off of the roster completely to start the season.
No one thought that this would last very long, but something didn’t look quite right with the 23-year-old. His swing wasn’t there and his mechanics just weren’t quite in sync. Needless to say, no one expected this to be the case coming into the year.
Once he did get his call back up to the major league squad, things didn’t go much better for Lux. His playing time was sporadic, and he was never able to find himself regardless of how many opportunities Dave Roberts tried to give him. Whether it was because of the extended time off or because of something going on with Lux personally, it was a year to forget in his young career.
Hope for 2021
While the 2020 season wasn’t one to write home about for Lux, there are some who see next year as a chance to rebound. MLB.com’s Will Leitch identified Gavin as the Dodgers’ top candidate to have a bounce-back season in 2021, an outcome that would make a lot of people in Los Angeles very happy.
While the numbers weren’t very impressive during the shortened season, they are hardly the best numbers to use when evaluating the future of a player. Lux appeared in a total of 19 games with the Dodgers in 2020, a number that doesn’t determine what the future of the young infielder truly holds. He showed what he was capable of in his short call-up back in 2019 with a .305/.400/.705 slash line to his name, and that’s the player that LA hopes to get once the new season comes around.
The Dodgers are still confident in Gavin Lux as their future at second base, and he should receive some more consistent playing time with a (hopefully) full season of games come springtime. And if the former top prospect can find some of the same magic that helped him throughout the minors, the rich will continue to get richer as Los Angeles looks for a repeat trip to the Fall Classic.