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Dodgers: Gavin Lux is Hopeful That He’ll be the Starting Second Baseman in 2020



Gavin Lux is one of baseball’s big time prospects. Despite making his big league debut in September, and making the Dodgers postseason roster in October, who the starter will be at second base in 2020 remains a question mark for LA. Moreover, it’s a question that likely won’t be answered until the latter weeks of spring training.

However, a fan had the question for Lux already. Last week at a Veteran’s Day event hosted at Dodger Stadium, the rookie was posed the question: “who’s gonna be the starting second baseman for the Dodgers in 2020?”

The question was met with some laughter, followed by a smart answer from the young infielder.

I plead the fifth! …hopefully me though — I’m working towards it.

While the 21 year-old is not lacking in confidence in any way, avoiding proclaiming yourself as the starting 2B in mid-November is definitely the best call to make in this situation.

After slashing .347/.421/.607 (1.028 on-base-plus-slugging) with 26 home runs in the minor leagues in 2019, things didn’t come quite as easy for Gavin in his first go-around with major league pitching. He did score 12 runs and connect on 2 home runs — his first being a solo shot on the day the Dodgers clinched their seventh straight division title — but he posted only a .705 OPS in 23 games.

It’s safe to say that Lux will get an opportunity to secure the opening day starting role at second, but with the Dodgers there is always competition. With Justin Turner potentially moving to first base, Max Muncy might be looked at as the guy for the keystone. Of course, Kiké Hernandez got the lion’s share of starts at second in 2019, and is always given more than a fair shot to earn time at the position. Chris Taylor remains an exceptional defender as well.

Given the Dodgers tenacity to overstock on depth, there is the small chance that Lux could see time back at Triple-A to start the season, but it’s safe to say that there’s not much more left for him to prove in the minors.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Lux proved he can hit and so far is over the throwing yips he experienced in the Minors. Everyone wants to trade Seager for Lindor which I do not understand as Seager has better numbers than Lindor. Lux is also a SS if needed as are Downs and Estevez all coming up in another year or so.
    I believe in 2020 the Dodgers will move Turner between 1st and 3rd along with Muncy. Give Lux a solid chance to win 2nd base and hopefully let Seager begin to experiment at 3rd as there are younger faster SS in the system coming up.
    Lux should be a big improvement in the starting lineup for 2020. He is one of the improvements I see between 2019 starting day and 2020. I believe the Dodgers will be better in 2020 with the infusion of new talent started at the end of the year Lux, Smith, Verdugo (full time CF) along with May, Gonsolin and Beaty as a good contact bench guy along with Rios. Plus Urias finally no longer having restricted innings.
    I am hoping they trade Pederson while his stock is high and Taylor as he is a SO waiting to happen.

  2. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big Seager fan, but Lindor is better in every facet of the game and he is a switch hitter.

  3. the dodgers don’t need lindor i think seager will have a better year in 2020 don’t forget in 2019 he was coming off major surgery

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