Gavin Lux got a promotion on Wednesday, and it’ll bring him closer to home than he’s been so far in his young professional career.
Lux, selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in last June’s MLB Draft after a standout career at Indian Trail, was assigned to the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League. Great Lakes is the Dodgers’ Class-A (Low) affiliate and is based out of Midland, Mich.
According to MLB.com’s William Boor, Lux was held back in Dodgers’ extended spring training in Arizona due to a rib injury, but it’s not a surprise he was sent to Great Lakes upon being cleared to go.
It was somewhat surprising, though, what position he was placed at in his first game there.
Lux was in the starting lineup, batting second and playing second base, for the Loons’ home game with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) TinCaps on Thursday night.
The 19-year-old Lux — who hits left-handed — was drafted as a shortstop, and the Dodgers presumably plan to keep him there long-term. But the Loons also have shortstop prospects in Oneil Cruz and Brendon Davis, according to Hugh Bernreuter of mlive.com.
Davis was at short, with Cruz at third and Lux at second on Thursday. According to RotoWire staff, Davis plays short but not second, so Lux could see significant time at second with the Loons as long as he and Davis are there.
Either way, it’s still a promotion and keeps Lux on an ascending path.
In 48 games with the Arizona League (Rookie) Dodgers last season, Lux batted .281 with 10 doubles, five triples, 18 RBI, 34 runs, 25 walks, a stolen base and a .365 on-base percentage.
He earned a late-summer promotion to the Ogden (Utah) Raptors of the Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) and hit .387 with three doubles, three RBI, seven runs, three walks, one stolen base and a .441 OBP in eight games. He also went 3-for-13 with an RBI, three runs and a walk in three postseason contests.
Lux’s assignment to the Midwest League could offer several chances for him to play within easy driving distance of Kenosha.
Great Lakes is in the MWL Eastern Division. The Western Division includes two affiliates in Wisconsin, the Beloit Snappers (A’s) and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) out of Appleton.
The Loons’ schedule doesn’t have them traveling to either location this season, but they will play a three-game set against the Kane County Cougars (Diamondbacks) in Geneva, Ill. — on the western side of the Chicago suburbs — from May 8-10.