This week we will take a look at who has been hot down on the farm for the Dodgers. A top prospect, a mid-level international signee, and a recent draft pick are tearing it up.
Gavin Lux, MI
Gavin Lux is enjoying a fantastic season after having the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dodgers hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc before the start of his minor league season.
Lux’s time is fast-approaching and we could see him as the second baseman as soon as later this year. 2020 is a more realistic timetable, but he is hitting and the defense outside of his arm is not a question.
For the Tulsa Drillers this season, Lux has held a .952 OPS and 151 wRC+, which is phenomenal for a middle infield prospect. Lux is special and his bat is coming alive.
Niko Hulsizer, OF
Hulsizer, the 18th-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2018, is coming alive with the bat.
Niko Hulsizer hit another home run. He has 13 now on the year, which leads both the Dodgers organization (minors only) and the Midwest League.
Two teams in the Midwest League, South Bend and Beloit, have each hit just 17 homers as a team.
— Future Dodgers (@FutureDodgers) May 29, 2019
He currently sits at A-ball as a 22-year-old, but leads all Dodgers minor leaguers in OPS (.993) and wRC+ (176). He also leads the farm with 12 homers and 38 RBIs in 42 games. To get this kind of early production out of such a late round pick is always fantastic and it will be awesome to see if Hulsizer can prove all 29 teams that passed on him wrong.
Edwin Uceta, SP
Uceta, recently interviewed by our very own Tim Rogers, has been phenomenal this season, posting a 1.99 ERA in 45 1/3 innings with 56 strikeouts. He is dominating at Rancho Cucamonga and could see a promotion come in short order. He ranks as the 20th-best prospect in the system and that could very easily change if he continues his fantastic run of solid performance.
The Dodgers have a bright future with some late rounders beginning to show the potential of top-tier prospects, a young pitcher slowly transforming into one of the system’s more exciting components, and a top prospect quickly making his ascend to the bigs.