Gavin Lux could be finally turning the corner. The Dodgers have always had lofty expectations for their former top prospect. After two forgettable seasons, Lux has begun to look like the slugger that tore up AAA in 2019.
ESPN MLB Experts Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian have taken notice. Both seam heads commented on how well Lux has swung the bat as of late. Olney has noticed a newfound confidence and swagger.
“He’s got some swag. He may not have Fernando Tatis Jr. swag, but you can see the confidence in his game.”
Lux was going to be given plenty of “runway” this year. Those opportunities have only increased due to the injury to star shortstop Corey Seager.
“It may be one of the best things that happened to the Dodgers during all of these injuries…because Corey Seager went out, they had to put Lux out there, and he’s responding. Maybe for the first time on a consistent basis as a big leaguer.”
Since Seager’s wrist injury on May 15th (damn you Marlins!) Lux has shined. The Wisconsin native is slashing .344/.417/.594 and leads the team with 10 RBI during that period. Lux is, at last, driving the ball to the tune of a 47.8% hard-hit rate. He also owns a sterling 179 wRC+ and an impressive 1.010 OPS. Of the lineup regulars, only the walk master Max Muncy has a higher OBP.
Kurkjian commented that this could indeed be the Lux that fans and rival scouts were buzzing about after 2019.
“He’s got two grand slams this season. Maybe this is the Gavin Lux we heard about all those years as top prospect in the Dodgers system.”
It’s still early, but it’s exciting to see the 23-year-old producing on a nightly basis. He’s been an important part of the Dodgers’ late-May resurgence.
Could it be the beginning of Lux fulfilling his potential?