The Dodgers will have fewer options at second base heading into 2021 than they did last season. Sory of. They lost Kiké Hernández in free agency after signing a deal with the Red Sox, which sort of has an effect all around the diamond.
The good news is that even if they have 1 less option, they still have a lot of talent capable of handling the job. The Dodgers have Chris Taylor, Gavin Lux, Max Muncy, and Zach McKinstry on their active roster at the moment. While each will likely play all over the field, they are all capable of handling second base as well.
But it might not be the revolving door of talent that we expected heading into 2021. The Dodgers may opt to give Gavin Lux a real shot at taking the starting job before looking elsewhere. The OC Register’s Bill Plunkett talked about the possibility recently, and we could see Lux getting the majority of reps early on.
I think Gavin Lux gets the first chance at it. I think he gets a chance to kind of hit the reset button. This is a guy who was a top prospect in baseball in 2019, and then everything just kind of got out of whack last year. I don’t think he’s going to be handed the job, but I do think he’s going to get every chance to be the main guy there.
Lux got off to a slow start with the Dodgers in 2020 and never fully recovered. The start and stop nature of the season led to him arriving at Summer Camp late, and he never broke camp with the team. Lux would go on to play in just 19 games and earning just 1 postseason plate appearance.
But not too long ago, Lux was rated out as one of the top prospects in all of baseball. One down year is not going to lead to the Dodgers giving up on him, and rightfully so. Lux should get the chance to get his starting job, and he will get the opportunity in 2021. To say that the starting job is his to lose isn’t exactly a stretch at this point.
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