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Dodgers Prospect of the Week: Gavin Lux



At just twenty years old, Gavin Lux has been nothing but exceptional in his professional career. He continues to roll through the Dodgers organization. 

First Impressions 

Gavin Lux was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers 20th overall in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Lux made his way to Arizona after the draft, where he played for the AZL Dodgers for just two short months. Towards the end of August in 2016, Lux received a promotion to the next level. The next stop was Ogden, Utah for the last week of the season.

In just the seven games he played, Lux had nine hits in twenty-seven at-bats. Gavin Lux finished off his debut season with a bang in the minors. The state of Michigan was the only home for Gavin Lux in the 2017 season. Listed as both a second basemen and shortstop, Lux split his time between the two positions that year. Playing 43 games at second base and 65 games at shortstop, Lux recorded a total of  24 errors that season. He finished with a .244 BA and a .693 OPS.

On The Move

Following his first full professional season, Gavin Lux was still only nineteen years old. Yeah, keep that in mind. Now at the age of twenty, Lux made his way to southern California for the start of the 2018 season. No, not to join the Dodgers, but to make his Rancho Cucamonga Quakes debut. Now at the high A level, Lux played the majority of his games at shortstop and just a handful of games at second base.

Over the span of 88 games in Rancho, Gavin Lux proved he was prepared for the next level. Being the solid hitter he is, Lux slashed .324/.396/.520 in his time with the Quakes. The only down side for Lux is his defensive errors. In those 88 games in Rancho, he recorded a total of 25 errors. The majority of those errors came while playing at shortstop. This could be a major factor in his progression through the Dodgers farm system.

On the final day of July, Gavin Lux was promoted to Double-A Tulsa.

Lux has played in just four games with the Drillers but has already made his presence known. He has recorded 7 hits in 17 at-bats including a two-run homer, his first at the Double-A level. On the 6th of August, Minor League Baseball announced that Gavin Lux has been awarded the Player of the Month Award in the California League. This is just another reason why Lux has moved so prominently through the Dodgers minor league system.

Analysis 

Gavin Lux has shown why he could potentially be an everyday guy at the major league level in the near future. Lux will finish out the remainder of the season in Tulsa and will most likely receive an invite to Dodgers Spring Training in 2019. As long as he keeps hitting the ball well and works on minimizing the errors, he will only continue to progress as a professional baseball player. The future is bright for this young star.

 

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Written by Tyler Hawk

Currently living in Central California. Life-long Dodgers and Chargers fan.

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  1. We need to get him over to 2B. He can do it all winter n next year at O.C. BUT we must sign Dozier to 2-3 year contract

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