Dodger’s top prospect Gavin Lux‘s 2020 MLB debut was short lived after the club optioned him back to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday afternoon after he played in just one game. Lux was called up and played in the Dodger’s second game of their doubleheader against the Giants in San Francisco. The Dodgers won both games, winning the second game 2-0, but Lux was unimpressive.
Lux started the second game at second base and batted eighth in the Dodger’s lineup. He went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and didn’t look good. Of course he hasn’t played at all this season and was left off the club’s opening day roster after looking poor during summer camp after showing up late. Some people have speculated that the Dodgers were holding him back due to service time manipulation. However there is no minor leagues this season and if the Dodgers wanted him to get some reps this season then the only way is to get in him in Major league games.
Gavin Lux goes back on the taxi squad, Dave Roberts said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 28, 2020
The fact that he’s only played in one game this year should tell you all you need to know on what the Dodgers think about him. They don’t think he’s ready and Dodger’s manager Dave Roberts said as much during postgame interviews. Roberts think he’s having mechanical problems, he told Ken Gurnick.
“It was a short ramp-up for Gavin and he wasn’t right mechanically,” Roberts told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick and other media on August 5. “And he knows that, we know that. He’s still getting there at [alternative training site] USC, getting at-bats daily, it’s coming. I see video every day, it’s getting better.”
Lux turned in a lackluster showing during his brief call-up last season, slashing .240/.305/.400 with 2 home runs and an 85 OPS+ across 82 plate appearances. Obviously the 22-year old needs some work as his talent hasn’t translated at the big league level yet. He may have to wait until next season in order to get regular at-bats. In the meantime, the Dodgers have the best record (24-9) in the majors and don’t need him right now.