The 2020 season was a rough one for Dodgers’ top prospect Gavin Lux. He was late to Summer Camp after the restart and had to start off the year at the alternate location. When he was called up, he failed to produce enough to keep a starting job.
Now heading into the 2021 season, Lux has graduated from prospect status. The time for him to shine in the Dodgers organization is now or never. MLB writer Ken Gurnick was recently asked if the starting job at second base was Lux’s to lose. In his mind, Lux would need to put in work just to get regular reps.
Assuming he’s not traded, he needs to re-establish his credentials, demonstrate consistency that he’s a big league hitter and that the defensive yips that have haunted him are gone.
Lux showed up and severely underperformed in 2020, I think even he would admit to that. Luckily, the Dodgers were in a position to proceed without him and not have it hurt them. With Enrique Hernandez likely out of the picture, the depth at second base suddenly becomes much thinner.
The Dodgers could theoretically make a few significant moves that force Max Muncy into a full-time second base role. But if that were the case, that would be a fairly significant sign of Los Angeles giving up on Lux as their future at second. If they did go that route, I would expect Lux to be traded rather that riding the bench.
The talent and the tools are there, it’s just a matter of execution at this point. Lux hit .392 with 13 homeruns in 49 games at Triple-A OKC during the 2019 season. Every other minor league season before that, Lux has shown there is a reason he is so highly regarded among scouts. If he can be the guy that they hope he can be, the Dodgers are going to have an absolutely lethal lineup.
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