10. Gavin Lux, SS
Birthdate: 11/23/97 (19 years old)
Level(s) Played in 2016: rookie
Stats in 2016: .296/.375/.399, 2 SB
Lux was the first shortstop selected in the 2016 draft, and with good reason, as he showed in his split time between the Arizona Rookie League and the Pioneer League.
Lux was a guy who had a lot of late helium in the draft process, and many times those guys turn out to be simply hot air and not much substance, but Lux showed his marked improvement this spring to be for real.
He added arm strength and quickness that allows him to project well as a future shortstop. I had two different scouts both tell me about the same play in a Pioneer League game that showed both arm and athleticism that they didn’t think he had in pre-draft process.
(Lux) is able to move smoothly both on the bases and in the field
Lux offensively has not really translated the additional strength on his frame to the plate. He did collect 13 doubles and 5 triples in his 223 combined at bats this season, but with his smooth left-handed swing and excellent frame, he’d project as a guy that hits a boat load of doubles and puts out 10-15 home runs a year.
Lux’s athleticism on the field is what is most impressive. He is able to move smoothly both on the bases and in the field. He has fringe-plus speed, but he uses his speed exceptionally well, which is why you don’t see a ton of stolen bases, but the 5 triples do exhibit the type of base running he is capable of.
I’d be surprised to see Lux jumped too far next season, even possibly getting a start in the Pioneer League again before perhaps a mid-season move up to low-A, but he’s shown himself to be all that the Dodgers were hoping for with their first selection of this year’s draft.