3 optimistic predictions for the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2023 season
Gavin Lux Makes the All-Star Team and Somebody Wins NL ROY
It looks like Gavin Lux will be the Opening Day starter at shortstop, and should maintain that title, as long as he doesn't fly off the rails with poor play or injury issues.
The former top prospect in all of baseball has come a long way after being blocked by two of the game's best in Corey Seager and Trea Turner. But now it's his time to finally break out. Had injuries not impacted his 2022 season, he would've probably outperformed his already-solid .276/.346/.399 slash line (and 105 OPS+).
Lux played 299 out of his 392 minor league games at shortstop. He's been a solid second baseman in the majors, but the hype around him had much to do with his ability to play the most important defensive position in the field. He has great range and a rocket arm, so some everyday consistency on that side of the ball should really help him take the next step and burnish his skills. Throw in the fact he beefed up this offseason, and we could see the power numbers jump, too.
As for some other younger options, all of Miguel Vargas, James Outman and Ryan Pepiot have their rookie statuses intact and could make the Opening Day roster. Others such as Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone and Nick Nastrini could potentially arrive sooner than expected. It's a numbers game, so don't be surprised if one of those names takes home the NL Rookie of the Year award playing alongside a collection of the game's best veterans.