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Dodgers: Gavin Lux Eager to Get Into Spring Games and Prove He Belongs

Gavin Lux season starts now.



Last season was a tough time to be a ballplayer in limbo between the minors and the big leagues. That was especially true for the Dodgers’ Gavin Lux. Unfortunately, he spent most of the year trying to catch up to where he needed to be. 

The stop and start nature of the 2020 season proved to be a lot for Lux to overcome. He started the shortened season at the alternate location and never really got back to the big league team. That was partially attributed to late arrival at Dodgers Summer Camp.

All told, Lux got just 63 at-bats with the Dodgers in 2020. Rather than get down on himself and let it beat him, he’s chosen a different approach to the 2021 Dodgers season. Lux spoke with am570’s David Vassegh about this year and the desire to go out and prove what he can do. 

This year I have a little more to prove, I think. Obviously, 2020 was not a great year for me personally so I just have more to prove now. I want to go out there, I’m anxious to start playing. I think I have a bad taste in my mouth a little bit so I’m looking forward to playing Sunday or whenever we start. 

Everyone in the Dodgers organization knows that Lux is capable of. There is a good reason that they took him in the first round out of Indian Trail High School in 2016. In 2019, Lux slashed .392/.478/.719 with an absurd 1.197 OPS with Triple-A OKC. The kid can flat-out hit, and he has done it well every year at the minor league level. 

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The good news is that the Dodgers appear primed to give him the opportunity in 2021. Dave Roberts has said on several occasions that they want to give him a runway at the position this Spring Training. If Lux is looking to make his mark on this team, the time is now. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Lux has to be feeling the heat. Dodgers have Taylor, & Muncy, that can play second with McKinstry, Busch, Amaya, & Estevez all coming on fast. He can play his way to a full time position, a platoon or OKC. It’s up to Lux. I personally think he will show a high average & OBP this year.

  2. It sounds like Lux has his head on straight. I was never on the Lux bandwagon, because you have to show me at the MLB level that you can hang. In the past, I had the feeling that Lux thought that something was owed to him. But now he’s had his reality check, and seems to be committed to getting it done. He needs to own his own destiny. I hope he succeeds.

  3. I’m open to letting the best performer win the position, and I followed Lux through his impressive minor league career. But so far, my eyeballs tell me something is just off about him, and McKinstry looks like the better player.

    • Both guys looked sharp yesterday. As did DJ Peters. Peters made a really good defensive play as well. Could be interesting roster decisions on opening day.

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