Dodgers top prospect Gavin Lux made his Major League debut a week ago today at Dodger Stadium. He impressed in his debut with 2 hits in his first 2 at-bats against Colorado pitching. Moreover, he picked up a Dodger franchise record for runs scored that day. All told, he went 2-5 out of the number 8 spot in his debut, and had 1 hit in 4 at-bats in his second game, giving the wunderkind a 3 for 9 start to his career.
However, in 4 games since, he’s gone 0-11 while adding 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. To put it differently, Lux is 1-18 after starting his career 2-2.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 3, 2019
The second baseman has cooled off after his hot start leaving some wondering if the the hype may have been too much for a player who had not stepped foot in the Major Leagues prior to last week. Lux has an extremely bright future, and he will be a unique talent no doubt.
He was brought up to see what he’s made of right now, but also to determine whether he could earn his way on to the postseason roster… but as it stands — with the short runway he was given — he may have missed that opportunity.
With recent success stories of Dodger rookies sticking and performing through their debuts, the expectations were set high for the 21 year-old.
Will Smith had a .286/.348/.619 triple slash line through his first couple of series with the Dodgers. He also added 2 home runs, including his first career walk-off.
Matt Beaty had a different start with the club, as he had just 8 at-bats in 5 games. However, the “Hit Man” picked up 3 hits and earned his way into more playing time while becoming one of the more productive Dodger bats in late and close situations this season.
Another more relevant comparison for Lux is Corey Seager, who made his Major League debut similar to Gavin’s in September of 2015. Seager was given a runway to prove himself against MLB pitching took and advantage by batting .333 in his first 5 games. He went on to bat .337 in the month, adding 4 home runs and displacing incumbent shortstop Jimmy Rollins along the way.
With Max Muncy expected back in the lineup soon enough, Lux’s window for an extended look may be closing. As Los Angeles heads to Baltimore to take on the lowly Orioles — a team that has allowed the most home runs, and the third highest batting average against in all of baseball — it’s an opportunity for the prospect to prove he belongs on the postseason roster… or start taking in some games from the bench.