1. Gavin Lux
Lux still has to prove himself a bit with his bat, but his torrid spring training helped quell those concerns for the time being. He’s not off to the most head-turning of starts, but he’s yet to make an error in his 80 innings on defense (mostly at second base and a full game at shortstop). And he’s shown his bat can play at the big league level.
The fact of the matter is Lux is the youngest of this crew at 23 years old and certainly looks like he’s capable of playing the part. Fans certainly don’t want to see Corey Seager go, nor would they like to see Lux replace him at this juncture, but the Dodgers are using the 2021 season to see if that’s at all possible.
Seager’s return is far from set in stone and if his demands are too high for the Dodgers’ liking, the team will evaluate Lux’s performance from this year and determine if he’s able to slot in as the starting shortstop. At the very least, he appears to be capable of playing second base for quite a while if the team were to explore other shortstop options.
Regardless, Lux’s youth and potential have him slated to be a member of this middle infield for years to come. Hopefully it’s with Seager, but we can’t make any guarantees. If Lux delivers the goods this year, though, fans might be more comfortable if the middle infield torch is passed to him in the event their World Series MVP is serious about testing the open market.