The Dodgers have an excellent history in raising up homegrown talent and transforming them into stars. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger both won Rookie of the Year awards within the last few seasons and the Dodgers might have another one in the form of middle infielder Gavin Lux.
Dustin May, Will Smith, and Tony Gonsolin will all be eligible for Rookie of the Year voting in 2020 and any one of them could win, but according to MLB.com’s prospect evaluator Jim Callis, Gavin Lux ranks at the top of the league:
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Callis reports that Lux received 90% of the votes given to NL prospects from executives, 35% overall.
Other top MLB prospects like Angels outfielder Jo Adell, A’s left-hander Jesus Luzardo, and Rays two-way player Brendan McKay will certainly be in the running for their own AL Rookie of the Year award and the title for best rookie in the league. In the National League, there is very limited competition with just Mackenzie Gore, the top pitching prospect in the league, potentially going to be in the mix. Gore will likely be called up for the latter half of the season.
Lux was not exactly a world-beater when he came up with the big league club, but it would have been entirely unreasonable to have expected him to be. He needs time just as Cody Bellinger did to become an MVP.
Expect Lux to find his groove in 2020 and hopefully boost the World Series odds of the Dodgers this season.