Recently, Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux has made the move to the outfield and it can become a tricky situation. Lux is essentially adapting to a whole new position on the fly. Luckily he has a former AL MVP he can lean for advice.
Dodgers’ star right fielder Mookie Betts was in the same position years ago where he had to make a transition to the outfield.
On Sunday, after the Reds game, Betts spoke about what advice he gave Lux to help him through this change.
Obviously, the outfield is so much different than the infield. Just trying to help him go through some of the growing pains, you know, that all outfielders go through, once you transition from infield to outfield. Told him to play aggressive, he can catch the ball too, so that’s pretty much it.
Although it is difficult moving to the outfield, it must be nice to have a teammate who can guide you through the process.
Betts also went on to add how complicated it really is to make the move and what Lux should expect.
I mean it’s super tough, especially in the middle of the season like that, some things he just has to learn by himself. There’s not a list of things to go over, a lot of it is just through experience and that’s kind of what I told him. Just to expect some growing pains, but that’s how you learn.
Learning to move to the outfield will change Lux’s entire perspective throughout each game, but through trial and error, he will find his way. The best part is that he has Mookie Betts to steer him in the right direction.
Importantly, since returning from AAA, the 23-year-old Lux has been great with the bat. In 8 games back, Lux is hitting .458 with a double, a triple, and a home run out of the 8 spot in the lineup. He’s also driven in 8 runs and walked 4 times. With his offensive approach working so well, it is sure to help him with any pressure of learning a new position on the field.