It’s tough to be a fan of the Dodgers these days and not know what’s happening at the Triple-A level—at least when it comes to a certain 21-year-old infielder.
Exactly one year after winning his first Player of the Month award as a professional at the Double-A level in Tulsa, Gavin Lux snagged the same honor at Triple-A Oklahoma City. This time, though, his offensive numbers are literally through the roof, resembling those from some type of fantasy world.
For Oklahoma City in the month of July, the Wisconsin native posted a .435 batting average, 29 runs scored, a .519 on-base percentage, four triples, 40 hits, 26 RBI, 77 total bases and an .837 slugging percentage.
And, his hot streak hardly ended when the calendar turned to August. As an example, hitting in the leadoff spot on Wednesday night against Tacoma, Lux went 3-for-5 with two singles and a homer. The long ball was his tenth of the season. With the effort, he boosted his 2019 Triple-A average to a whopping .458.
Since his promotion to Triple-A on June 29 of this year, the left-handed hitting Lux is slashing an insane .458/.539/.855 with 14 doubles, four triples and 10 homers over 154 plate appearances. What’s even more impressive is that he’s collected 23 walks against just 26 punchouts.
Between Double-A and Triple-A combined this season, he has tallied 21 doubles, eight triples, nine stolen bases, 68 RBI and a monstrous 23 home runs.
Pundits knew there was a good chance that Lux’s numbers would improve after he was promoted out of the pitcher-friendly Texas League into the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but nobody ever imagined the youngster would be handling the bat this well—especially Lux himself.
“When they say you’re unconscious and you literally don’t think about anything, that’s how it’s been,” Lux recently told Jacob Unruh of The Oklahoman. “It’s been a fun stretch.”
Many followers of the Dodgers felt that Lux deserved a promotion to the big leagues this season, particularly when the team’s depth at shortstop was decimated by the injuries to Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez.
However, management decided to snag super-utility man Kristopher Negron, who hasn’t been to shabby at the plate himself so far as a Dodger. To boot, Negron has even covered a bit of outfield to aid in the ailing groin of A.J. Pollock.
Regardless, it’s obvious that the team did not want to start Lux’s big league clock at that time. While there’s still indeed a chance the organization will find a way to add him to the 40-man roster and allow him to collect some big league experience next month, there’s also the possibility that he stays in the minors until the end of the year and eventually represents the Dodgers in the Arizona Fall League, following in the footsteps of teammates Keibert Ruiz last year and Matt Beaty, Will Smith and DJ Peters from 2017.
Either way, chances are good that there are many more offensive fireworks to come from Lux during the remainder of his 2019 campaign.
Fans will definitely be missing out on something truly special if they don’t stay closely tuned.