Gavin Lux Biography & Los Angeles Dodgers Career
Gavin Lux
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Gavin Lux was born on Nov. 23, 1997, in Kenosha, Wis. He started playing baseball at a young age and went on to star for Indian Trail High School and Academy.

By his senior year, Lux had emerged as one of the best high school prospects in the nation. He hit .560 and earned plenty of recognition, being named 2016 Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and Holy Rosary Sports Night Male Athlete of the Year.

Though he committed to playing collegiately at Arizona State University, Lux decided to turn pro after being selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Minor League career

Lux began his professional career with the Dodgers’ Rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League in 2016. He appeared in 48 games for the club before receiving a late-season promotion to Rookie-level Ogden. Between the two affiliates, he hit .296/.375/.399 in 56 games.

Lux spent all of 2017 with Low-A Great Lakes, struggling to the tune of a .244/.331/.362 batting line with 14 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, 39 RBI and 27 stolen bases over 501 plate appearances (111 games).

Coming off a year in which his power numbers were down, Lux flipped the script by posting career-bests in doubles (27), home runs (15), RBI (57) and slugging percentage (.514) in 116 games between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa during the 2018 season.

Lux was named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year and ascended to the top on many national prospects rankings.

The 2019 season was no different for Lux, who continued tearing the cover off the ball for Double-A Tulsa before earning a midseason promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Lux put up video game-like numbers with the Dodgers’ top Minor League affiliate, hitting .392/.478/.719 with 18 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 39 RBI across 232 plate appearances (49 games).

As soon as rosters expanded on Sept. 1, Lux was called up to the Dodgers.

Dodgers career

Lux was immediately tested by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, being penciled into the starting lineup in 10 of his first 12 games. He hit his first career MLB home run on Sept. 10 against the Baltimore Orioles.

In 23 regular season games, Lux hit .240/.305/.400 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI across 82 plate appearances.

Lux showed promise and earned a spot on the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster. He appeared in four of the five games — starting at second base in three of them — and most notably made franchise history by hitting a home run in his first career postseason at-bat.

The 21-year-old posted an .856 on-base plus slugging in nine plate appearances against the Washington Nationals.