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.
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.
Have you subscribed to our YouTube Channel yet? Subscribe and hit that notification bell to stay up to date on all the latest Dodgers news, interviews, live streams, and more!