Gavin Lux worked on outdoor drills in the offseason

After struggling for most of the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers offered Gavin Lux to Triple-A Oklahoma City last August. The former top prospect returned to the Majors the following month and looked like a completely different player at home plate.

Lux hit .360/.467/.500 with four extra hits and nine RBIs in his last 17 regular season games. He continued to hit hard in the playoffs, hitting base five times in 11 plate appearances against the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series.

Lux spent time in the minors working on his swing and becoming a more versatile player. A shortstop by trade, the 24-year-old learned to play third base and outfield on the fly, making all five of his starts against the Giants in center field.

Lux will continue to see time all over the field this year, as the Dodgers have All-Stars at every position. To prepare for this, he worked on outfield drills during the offseason, par Jack Harris of the LA Times:

“It’s hard to really replicate game fly balls, especially when you’re stuck indoors in Wisconsin,” he said. “But I still had the chance, with my coach, to work on the opening and your first readings and stuff like that. You could still do some drilling, but that’s not the real thing.

Lux suffered growing pains in the outfield last season when he collided with Cody Bellinger, which resulted in an undisplaced fracture to the former National League MVP’s left rib. Lux himself then suffered a sting in the neck after crashing into the center field wall at full speed as he tried to make a catch.

Lux played the outfield for the first time this spring on Wednesday, recording five innings to left field while hitting a home run and walking a home run in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians.

Dodgers believe Lux can fill role similar to Taylor

With Lux capable of multi-positioning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes he can fill a role similar to that of Chris Taylor.

“I can (see it), and that’s a huge compliment,” Roberts said recently. “I think sometimes we see things, Gavin is a shortstop, he’s the No. 1 prospect in baseball, or a second baseman, whatever it is.

“Being an everyday player is the goal, and so it’s cut out a bit differently. So I definitely see him as an everyday Major League player and regardless of how that goes for the roster , we will know in time.

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