If you are a thoroughly committed Dodgers fan, its likely that you have heard of Gavin Lux before. The slick middle infielder was a 1st round draft pick in 2016 out of Indian Trail High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is also currently ranked the number three prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system.
Lux lit up the minor leagues last season playing at Rancho Cucamonga as well as Tulsa later in the year. He hit a combined 324 with some pop, hitting 15 home runs. This year, Gavin is tearing it up again, this time full-time at Double-A Tulsa. Through thirteen games, he is hitting 333 and already has 3 home runs. The time he spent in Southern California during the offseason may have actually paid off after all.
Lux spoke with Minor League Baseball’s Troy Schulte about how he chose to spend his off days around some big names this year. He spent one week a month during the offseason by flying to California to meet with big league coaches, players, and staff. One of those guys he got a chance to speak with was Chase Utley, also a left-handed hitting middle infielder. He also got some time with Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez, as well as hitting coaches Rob Van Scoyoc and Brant Brown.
They’re super open to everything. The more I can pick their brains, the more I can learn. So, for me being around them everyday was a learning experience for me. – Gavin Lux
Any time a young player can talk with veterans of the game, especially well-established ones, it can be incredibly beneficial. Lux is performing quite well already this season and only wants to take his game even further.
I’m super left-eye dominant. I never knew that until this offseason, so I started opening up and, honestly, I’m just trying to stay inside and shoot it the other way, and if he stays inside, pull it. I just think the more you see them, the more you get off of them.
Lux hit just 244 with 7 home runs and a 693 OPS in his first professional season at A-ball. Most scouts believe that Lux has the potential to hit 15-20 home runs and potentially steal close to 20 bases a season with good speed. While he has some great arm strength, he will also need some work on mechanical issues. Lux had a tendency to throw away the ball often in the earlier part of his career.