Former Dodgers number one prospect Gavin Lux is finally heating up. After a bumpy April, Lux has enjoyed a productive first two weeks of May (.316/.350/.421). His three-run go-ahead home run on Tuesday night against the Mariners in the bottom of the eighth inning was the exclamation point.
Manager Dave Roberts explained what he believes is the reason for Lux’s recent success in the batters’ box.
“He’s not as in between as he was through the first few weeks of the season. For me, just seeing how the swings, the conviction in the swings, have been considerably better.”
Doc added that Lux, like a few hitters on the Dodgers right now, is working through some things technically. Yes, it’s just 40 plate appearances, but Lux might have found the swing that produced an absurd 1.197 OPS in AAA in 2019.
Skeptical Dodger fans should appreciate that Roberts is making Lux earn his batting order promotion. Of his 25 starts this season, 17 of them have featured Lux in the 7th or 8th spot.
Lux’s Talent Level
Unlike some of his Dodger teammates, Bellinger, Buehler, and Seager, Lux has not been an instant success in the majors after tearing up the minors. Despite that, his skipper still believes that he’s just as talented as that trio of elite MLB players.
“With those guys, the a talent level is pretty similar. But as far as the performance and success early on, everyone is different. For me, I really hold in high regard that his mindset in the first month hasn’t wavered.”
Talent has never been the challenge for the young second baseman. After arriving late to Summer Camp after presumably contracting COVID, he never got going in the 2020 season.
Hopefully, Lux’s three-run smash on Tuesday is the start of something good. Something really good.
It’s about time.