It was not an ideal season for former number 1 Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux in 2020. Hoping to build off of the season he put together at the end of his 2019, Los Angeles was hopeful that they finally had their long-term second baseman ready to go. The job was Lux’s to lose coming out of Spring Training.
That’s when things took a turn for Lux and most of the world for that matter. The coronavirus shut down sports and Lux went home to Wisconsin to stay fresh while MLB tried to figure things out. After that, the season went very poorly for Lux culminating in him having just 1 postseason at-bat. But for Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, it seems like management was understanding.
It’s really to do a lot of things similar to what he did last offseason. He had a really good offseason and was in a really good spot in spring training 1.0. And then when we get to spring training 2.0, he was a little delayed, and it just took him a while to get his legs under him.
When Summer Camp started back up, Lux was a late arrival. The Dodgers never clarified why that was, and Lux chose to keep that private, which is completely fair. Lux spent most of the season at the team’s alternate location at USC, only making 16 starts for the big league squad. Despite that, they very much believe in the talent and potential of Gavin Lux.
I think there are a lot of guys who suffered from this strange season. He was definitely one of them. But the natural ability, the instincts on the field, the overall player that he is, we still very much believe in.
It’s tough to call this season a make or break for Lux, given that he is just 23-years-old. But the reality is that Dodgers could pivot away from him early if he continues to struggle. Los Angeles has far too much talent within their organization to give away at-bats to a struggling player, and Lux could find himself on the short end of that deal.
Regardless, Lux has the stuff to be a big-league star, and the Dodgers know that.
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