If you’re one of those fans who follows the minor league scene very closely, you’ll know that Sunday marks one of the biggest annual events for the best prospects around baseball—the MLB Futures Game.
Just like the 2019 big league All-Star extravaganza, the Futures Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, just two full days ahead of the Mid-Summer Classic.
One of the players who is representing the Dodgers this year is infielder Gavin Lux. According to MLB Pipeline, the 21-year-old Wisconsin native is currently ranked as the second-best prospect in the Los Angeles organization and the 31st best in all of baseball.
And, if you haven’t been paying attention, he’s been absolutely tearing the cover off the ball since his promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 27.
Since arriving at OKC, the left-handed hitting Lux has gone 15-for-30 over seven games, translating to a .500/.545/.833 slash line. Of those 15 hits, seven have been for extra bases.
For the entire season, he’s hitting an extremely impressive .332/.392/.554 with 12 doubles, five triples, 14 long balls and 41 RBI over 289 AB between Double-A Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
What’s more, Lux has tallied 17 assists for OKC without making an error, appearing exclusively at shortstop.
If you’ve been following Lux’s career path, you’ll know that 2018 was his emerging year on the farm. He started the season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, batting .312 (72-for-231) with eight home runs and 35 RBI and was named a Mid-Season All-Star. He continued his dominance in the second half of the season, slashing .346/.396/.528 and was selected as a post-season California League All-Star, finishing among the league leaders in average (.324, 3rd), OBP (.396, 2nd), SLG (.520, 3rd) and OPS (.916, 2nd). After 88 games with the Quakes, he was promoted to Double-A Tulsa where he hit .324 (34-for-105) with four home runs, nine RBI and a .408 on-base percentage in 28 appearances.
His stellar 2018 season came after a dreadful 2017 campaign when he spent the year exclusively with Low-A Great Lakes. He was mired in an offensive funk for most of the season, hitting just .244/.331/.362 in 458 AB. He did rally to hit over .300 for the final eight weeks of the season, though, and his 27 stolen bases proved how valuable he can be on the basepaths.
“In 2017, I played with a ton of stuff during the season and it kind of messed with me mentally,” Lux told Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com during 2019 spring training. “Once I kind of figured it out in the offseason going into last year, I was like ‘Man, I’m just going to stick with what I’m doing right now. It feels good, so I’m not going to tinker with my mechanics too much.’ That kind of helped to stay consistent and I could just worry about my approach and game plan going into the games and not worry about mechanics so much.”
Figured it out he has. So long as he can keep his fielding in check, fans of the Dodgers may see Lux wearing the big league Blue at some point during the 2020 campaign. He may need to shift over to the keystone in the majors, but a middle infield of Lux and Corey Seager for the foreseeable future sounds tremendously appealing.
Joining Lux and also representing the Dodgers in the Futures Game is right-handed pitcher Dustin May.
For those hoping to find the game on television on Sunday, it will be aired on the MLB Network.
First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM Eastern time.