The Dodgers have a good one in Gavin Lux. He is a terrific hitter, he can run a bit, and he can truly do it all. He has yet to show that at the major league level, but he seems like as safe of a bet as you can make to return some solid production over the course of his major league career.
His 2019 minor league season was one of the best in the league in recent memory and he showed the baseball world why scouts have loved him since he was drafted.
The Dodgers did not make the fatal mistake of dealing Gavin Lux for any player at a deadline in the off-season and it looks to likely pay dividends.
On the other hand, Jeter Downs has more than proven his value inside of the Dodgers organization. A piece that came over from the Cincinnati Reds in the Yasiel Puig trade, Downs put together an excellent 2019 campaign.
In a recent column by MLB.com that ranks the top shortstop prospects in Major League Baseball, prospect expert Jim Callis ranks Gavin Lux as the second-best shortstop prospect in the game while ranking Jeter Downs eighth.
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Lux’s long-term home could very well wind up being at the keystone and the same can be said for Jeter Downs. Regardless, both of these prospects are amongst the most elite in the game and could play key roles for Los Angeles for a long time.
Moreover, Callis identified Lux as having the highest floor of the shortstop prospects listed and expanded on why he feels that way within the article.
Lux could wind up at second base rather than shortstop, but he’s definitely going to hit. He batted .347/.421/.607 with 26 homers and 10 steals last year, making him the first middle infielder age 21 or younger to log a 1.000 OPS in the upper Minors since Gregg Jefferies in 1987, and he came within .001 of on-base percentage of leading Minor League shortstops in all three slash stats for the second straight season.
Los Angeles has likely held onto Lux for this long for a good reason. And he’ll be given every opportunity to earn the starting second base job in spring training. Downs will also be joining big league camp for the first time in career after being listed as a non-roster invited on Thursday.