In a media huddle prior to Sunday’s game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Gavin Lux‘s role in 2020. The organization’s top prospect will continue taking reps at second base, where Roberts envisions him going forward.
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Lux came up in 2019 and spent all of his time playing second base, logging all 178 of his defensive innings there. This comes after Lux spent almost 80 percent of his defensive time at shortstop coming up through the minor leagues.
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On a lot of other teams in baseball, Gavin Lux would likely be the starting shortstop. The Dodgers happen to be fortunate in that they already have a cornerstone piece at short in Corey Seager. They also have the luxury of Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, and Enrique Hernandez as being viable options all over the infield.
While Lux will get most of his starts at second base, Roberts would not go as far as naming him the starter.
We still got a long way to go to make that decision, but Gavin is certainly in that conversation.
On whether Lux makes the 26-man roster to start the year, Doc does say that he’s “earned it but has to continue to earn it,” much like utility man Matt Beaty in his eyes.
The 21-year-old Lux slashed .240/.305/.400 and hit two home runs in his first taste of big-league action last season.