Dodgers: Gavin Lux Named Minor League Player of the Year

Lux had a minor league season for the ages.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Gavin Lux #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leads off from third base in the second inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 16-9. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Middle infielder Gavin Lux has been named the 2019 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America and they could not have gotten it any more right.

Lux stood out amongst Dodger fans all season as our best minor league performer, but as JJ Cooper of Baseball America mentioned in his tweet, it was a competitive year to win it in.

For example, the Diamondbacks had one of their top minor league prospects, corner infielder Kevin Cron, crushed 38 home runs and posted a 182 wRC+ and 1.226 OPS in just 82 games for Triple-A Reno. Outstanding. However, Baseball America saw Lux as being more deserving of the honor and for good reason.

While Lux has struggled in his limited time at the major league level, he finished a 2019 campaign by jumping all the way from Double-A Tulsa to the big leagues. Across 113 games of minor league action for Lux, he smashed a .347/.421/.607 slash line and posted an elite 166 wRC+. He also chipped in 26 home runs for good measure.

At Triple-A Oklahoma City in particular, Lux smashed an insane .392/.478/.719 across 49 games. He won Dodger fans over with his play and we all salivated over his arrival. While he has been somewhat of a disappointment so far at the major league level, the small sample size means nothing.

When we look at Lux, we see the future. A very bright one.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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