SS/2B Gavin Lux — MLB Pipeline Rank: 9
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Gavin Lux with the 20th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft out of Indian Trails High School. When Lux was selected, shortstop Corey Seager was on a tear in his rookie season en route to becoming the NL Rookie of the Year as well as an MVP finalist. Although Seager had the shortstop spotlight, the move made sense.
Initially, the Dodgers long-term plans seemed to be to move Corey Seager to third base. Although he is definitely holding his own at shortstop, his big frame and strong arm is better suited for third base. Thus, when Justin Turner decides to hang them up, the Dodgers could have a replacement ready in Lux. The smooth-fielding Lux can play short while moving Seager to third.
However, the plan now is unclear. Lux now seems set to be a second baseman, which is perfectly fine with his soft hands and quick release. The speedy infielder won’t see MLB time for three or so more years. With Logan Forsythe’s contract expiring after 2018, the team will need to fill a temporary replacement.
However, instead of doing that, the Dodgers could look to trade Lux while his stock is still high. His hitting has not translated to the professional level as he hit only .244 in single-A Great Lakes. That is not terrible, but certainly is not the production the Dodgers expected out of Lux’s smooth stroke.
With Seager holding down the fort at shortstop and second base continues to be a revolving door of talent, trading Lux is not so bad.