Dodgers: Ranking the Most Expendable Top Prospects
4. Gavin Lux, Shortstop
The 20th overall pick for the Dodgers in last year’s 2016 MLB Draft, Gavin Lux also finds himself on this list. Like Diaz, Lux is also very young (19) and not projected to make an impact with the major league club until 2019 at the earliest, and that’s why these two players find themselves on the list.
Lux was drafted out of Indian Trail High School but has not produced to the first round expectations. Lux is hitting a career .255/.304/.287 with a pair of homers and a nearly double strikeout to walk ratio between rookie league and Single-A.
Lux profiles as a “mature” hitter and has good enough bat speed to drive the ball into the gaps. He’s shown a decent burst of speed in his first full season at Single-A with ten stolen bases, but his .211 batting average and .304 OBP leave a lot to be desired.
Being drafted out of High School, the Dodgers knew Lux was going to be a developmental player. It would be difficult to see the organization giving up on him just one season into his professional career, but it’s no secret the Dodgers already have their shortstop of the future.
Both Lux and Diaz are both young prospects that are highly regarding throughout the MLB and could bring good value in return should the Dodgers part ways with them. Lux is rated as the Dodgers sixth best prospect in their organization coming into the 2017 season. Although these young, talented players may draw some interest from other teams, I can see the Dodgers more inclined to part ways with some MLB ready talent to hold out to see what these two players could develop into.
I personally do not think either of these players offer a high enough ceiling to warrant stopping a trade, so if the deal is right, why not pull the trigger.