Gavin Lux has always had tremendous upside and the Dodgers saw it when they selected him in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He was always a solid prospect in the system, but he emerged as a potential superstar with his insane performance in the minor leagues last season.
Dodgers among The Athletic’s (John Sickels) updated Top 100 prospects list, along with grades:
4. SS Gavin Lux. A-
14. RHP Dustin May. A-
31. C Kiebert Ruiz. B+
84. RHP Josiah Gray. B
95. SS Jeter Downs. B
— Short Hops n Barley (@OC_Todd) December 30, 2019
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com penned in a recent column that one of his bold predictions was that the young middle infielder would win the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2020. Lux could perform at a small fraction of his 2019 minor league production and still be in the mix to win the honor.
Lux posted a tremendous slash line of .392/.478/.719 with Triple-A Oklahoma City across 49 games played. He chipped in 13 round-trippers and a 188 wRC+. His performance warranted a promotion to the big-league club and the Dodgers took notice. He was promoted and eventually made the postseason roster despite a lackluster 87 wRC+ in his first go.