When a roster is as talented as the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s quite easy to lose sight of some the less-heralded players. Catcher Will Smith is the poster-child of that effect, but Gavin Lux is right behind him as a productive player who doesn’t receive a ton of credit and publicity.
After a lackluster 2021, Lux has been a fantastic contact hitter in the bottom of the Dodgers deep lineup.
The former top prospect has turned failure to success, and SportsNet LA’s Jessica Mendoza is one of the many who have taken notice. Mendoza spoke to Lux batting in the ninth-spot for most of the season is just another indication of the Dodgers vaunted batting order depth in a recent appearance on Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney.
“Now you’re seeing him [Lux] six hole, seven hole. …yes, it is team baseball, but they have these superpower names to the point that you have what would be the best hitter on probably like 15 other major league teams batting ninth in your lineup.”
Last season, Lux posted a lowly .692 OPS in 381 plate appearances. This season, Lux owns a .803 OPS and a 129 wRC+. He ranks ninth in the National League in batting average through Sunday (.296) and leads the majors in triple (6).
He hasn’t hit for power, but most importantly, he’s been a stabilizing force for the bottom of the one of the best lineups in baseball loaded with stars.
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