4. Gavin Lux, Short Stop, Single-A
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Throughout any advance baseball league, it’s easy to find an infield composed almost entirely of players that at one point were shortstops. The theory that their athletic ability will just be enough to get them by anywhere is a smart one and is part of the reason we see Gavin Lux on this list as high up as No. 4.
The first round draft pick in 2016 had a solid rookie campaign, hitting close to .300 and a solid .775 OPS. At 6’2 and 190 lbs, he has room to add to an already solid frame and looks to be a second base option for the future of the Dodgers.
He is an athlete above all else, flashing some speed already this year after being assigned to the Great Lakes Loons. He has three stolen bases in as many games this year and is definitely skilled enough to make it to the big leagues as a shortstop. The issue is, if it will be the Dodgers, they have that spot filled for a few years already.
Another thing that speaks highly of Lux is his instinct for the game. He comes from a baseball family, his uncle was the second pick of the 1982 draft and parlays that mental ability to showcase baseball knowledge well beyond his years.
Lux still has a lot to prove on the offensive side, but the potential is certainly there to be a mainstay in the infield for a long time to come. Don’t expect him to be a shortstop moving forward, but that doesn’t speak negatively of him. It is more a move to showcase his bat and get him in the lineup as quickly as possible.