Gavin Lux - batting

Former Indian Trail star Gavin Lux prepares to take a swing earlier this year. Lux on Monday was named the Los Angeles Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year.

In his third season in professional baseball, Indian Trail graduate Gavin Lux is one win away from his first pro championship.

Lux has been a key cog for the Tulsa Drillers — the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate — in their run to the best-of-5 Texas League Championship Series against the San Antonio Missions, which continues with Game 3 at 7:05 tonight in San Antonio.

The Drillers won the first two games in Tulsa and are a victory away from their first Texas League title since 1998. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 6:05 p.m. Sunday, both in San Antonio.

Lux, the Dodgers’ first-round pick (No. 20 overall) in 2016, was called up Aug. 1 from the Single-A (Advanced) Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and joined a Tulsa squad that won the Texas League North Division second-half title to reach the playoffs.

He’s played shortstop and batted leadoff in all four of the Drillers’ postseason games going into tonight and has continued the torrid hitting he displayed at two levels of pro baseball this summer.

He is batting .412 (12-for-29) in the postseason.

In Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Arkansas Travelers in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the North Division playoffs, Lux finished a triple short of the cycle. He went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, belting an RBI double in the bottom of the third and a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.

In Game 1 against San Antonio, Lux scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the 10th of a 3-2 victory on Keibert Ruiz’s single. Then in Game 2, a 6-5 Drillers win, Lux went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Lux has ascended to the No. 6-ranked prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system, according to MLB Pipeline.

Mike Johnson

0
0
0
0
0