Gavin Lux
Gavin Lux
22-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In 2018, Lux proved to have one of the best hit tools in the minors, and in 2019 he grew into plus power and made his big-league debut in September. He logged a 31.5 Hard% in the minors (good for a 21-year-old middle infielder) and 52.9 Hard% in the majors (elite) while spraying line drives to all fields. An above-average runner, Lux played through a hamstring injury, which limited him to 16 stolen-base attempts after attempting 21 in 2018. He could pilfer 15 bases with good health as a rookie. Lux can handle shortstop but is a better fit at second base. While his strikeout rate spiked from 19.5% at Double-A and Triple-A to 29.3% in his MLB debut, his 20.9 O-Swing% would have been the fourth-best mark among qualified hitters, so strikeouts shouldn't be a major issue over his first full season. He is good at everything that matters in fantasy and could become one of the game's top hitters in short order. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $566,000 contract with the Dodgers in March of 2020.
Exclusion not service-time issue
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 6, 2020
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, Lux's absence from the 30-man roster is entirely based on his lack of readiness for game action, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. "First of all, there is no conspiracy theory of holding Gavin Lux down, for any other reason besides that we don't feel he's ready right now," Roberts stated Wednesday.
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Speculation about service-time considerations tends to pop up when top prospects who have proven themselves in the minors are kept out of the big leagues at the start of the season. The skepticism is arguably more intense with Lux due to the fact that he played a key role on the major-league squad late last season and into the playoffs, leading many to assume that he would be anointed the Dodgers' everyday second baseman for the 2020 campaign. However, Lux missed the beginning of summer camp for undisclosed reasons and didn't start any of the team's three exhibition contests, leading to his move to the Dodgers' alternate training site before the start of the regular season. There's little doubt that Lux will return to the big-league squad at some point in 2020, though substantial playing time is not a given with veteran utilitymen Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez both holding their own to start the campaign.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+81%
OPS vs RHP
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+81%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .417 12 4 1 1 0 .083 .083 .333
Since 2018vs Right .756 70 8 1 8 2 .270 .343 .413
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .417 12 4 1 1 0 .083 .083 .333
2019vs Right .756 70 8 1 8 2 .270 .343 .413
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2018
 
 
+54%
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+54%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .546 41 7 0 2 1 .200 .317 .229
Since 2018Away .843 41 5 2 7 1 .275 .293 .550
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .546 41 7 0 2 1 .200 .317 .229
2019Away .843 41 5 2 7 1 .275 .293 .550
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
Lux cut his groundball rate from 52.7% at Low-A to 41.7% across stops at High-A and Double-A, and in the process emerged as a potential five-category middle infielder. Save for an eight-game run in the Pioneer League in 2016, his walk rates have always been north of 10% with strikeout rates below 20%, so the plate skills have always been there, and his 2018 swing change unlocked a potentially plus hit tool with at least average power. He is a good athlete with above-average speed, and while he attempted 15 fewer steals last year (22) than he did in 2017 (37), Lux should still be able to swipe double-digit bases annually early on in his big-league career. His defense at shortstop is lacking, and his arm isn’t accurate enough for third base, so a move to the keystone seems likely in the coming years. If Lux's revamped swing continues to produce results in the upper levels, he would project to take over as the Dodgers' everyday second baseman in 2020.
The Dodgers made Lux their first selection of the 2016 Draft, selecting him out of Indian Trail High School in Wisconsin, a state not typically known for producing MLB talent. He is also one of just three position players taken by the Dodgers in the first round since 2004. Initially committed to play for Arizona State, the left-handed hitting shortstop decided to sign with the Dodgers for $2.3 million and displayed his talents well enough in rookie ball, hitting .296/.375/.399 between the Arizona and Pioneer leagues. The Dodgers are obviously well set at shortstop for the future with Corey Seager, but the 19-year-old Lux is far enough away from the majors that Seager really shouldn't be the biggest concern for his prospective dynasty league owners. Lux will likely begin 2017 at Low-A Great Lakes and work his way up from there, with High-A Rancho Cucamonga a possibility if his bat looks advanced enough. The key to his future fantasy value will be the development of at least fringe average power to go with what appears to be a strong hit tool.
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Nearing callup
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 2, 2020
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested Sunday that Lux is "getting closer" to receiving a callup from the team's alternate training site, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Won't make Opening Day roster
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 21, 2020
Lux was optioned by the Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Not starting again Monday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 20, 2020
Lux isn't in the lineup for Monday's exhibition game against the Diamondbacks.
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Ready to play Sunday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 11, 2020
Lux will participate in Sunday's intrasquad game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Won't play in Friday's matchup
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 10, 2020
Lux won't play in Friday's intrasquad matchup, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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