There is something about Gavin Lux that looks much different in 2021. He came into the Dodgers Spring camp with the second base job up for grabs, and he will be given every opportunity to take up the bulk of the starts.
But before he can do that, Lux will need to prove that there is a good reason he was the Dodgers top prospect at one point. A down 2020 season in which he arrived at Summer Camp late shouldn’t define an entire career, and he’s out to show what he is capable of.
Through a handful of Spring games in 2021, Lux is crushing the ball. Through 11 at-bats, Lux has put together a 1.000 OPS and driven in a few runs in the process. But perhaps the most noticeable difference is on the field. The Dodgers have had him mostly at second base during Cactus League games, and Gavin has looked smoother than ever.
He spoke with SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson about what he’s changing this year and why his swing just looks better.
I tried to tone some things down and simplify in my gather and in my swing. and try to make it more repeatable. Throughout the course of a full season, I can repeat it every day and I’m not searching so much.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has noticed the changes as well. He also pointed to Gavin‘s mechanics and has talked in the past about it having a lot of moving parts to it. It appears as though he’s made an effort to simplify it.
I think Gavin right now is just sound mechanically. Lots of clarity and comfort. He’s just feeling good and looks good all the way around.
The Dodgers don’t NEED Gavin Lux to be successful in order for them to dominate. But they don’t really NEED any one player on the team. Having a guy like Lux play to his potential could be huge for an offense that is sure to light up the box scores in 2021.
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