Gavin Lux tore it up in the minors in 2018 and 2019. His 2019 season was something out of this world as he hit a ridiculous .347 through 113 games. That kind of production allowed him to work his way up and earn a late season call up. While his bat didn’t necessarily make the jump with him, there were still some good results and a lot to be excited for.
Fast forward through 2020 and most of this season and that excitement has worn off. The Dodgers gave Lux every opportunity to hold down a spot in the lineup but he looked overmatched and uncomfortable at the plate. Don’t even mention the fielding. It got so bad that the team finally sent him down to the Oklahoma City Dodgers despite it just being a “roster crunch” move.
After a couple weeks down with the Triple-A team, Lux was recalled and has looked like a completely different player. Dave Roberts has certainly seen it and recently praised him for being exactly what the team has needed.
“I’ve just loved the quality of at bats. Whether it’s taking a walk, swinging at strikes, taking balls – he’s been a huge boost to our ball club getting him back in the lineup.”
Earlier in the week Doc also spoke about a “calmness” at the plate now with Gavin.
Maybe the Dodgers should have sent him down sooner because he’s been on a whole other level since rejoining the team. Over the past week, Lux has hit .389 with 3 RBI and 3 walks. When’s the last time you seen a .300 batting average stat anywhere near his name besides in the minors? It’s been rare if not nonexistent.
Hopefully, this is just the start of the real Gavin Lux we’ve all been waiting for. His complete turnaround at the plate couldn’t come at a better time as his presence only lengthens an already deep Dodgers lineup. While he won’t be in the lineup everyday with the addition of Trea Turner, and an eventually healthy AJ Pollock, adding a capable lefty bat to the bench to pair with Matt Beaty and Albert Pujols wouldn’t hurt.