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Friday, July 26, 2019

How Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux developed into the hottest hitter in baseball

Augie Schmidt, a baseball lifer, sat alone in his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin last Thursday watching a Triple-A baseball game.

He was nearly brought to tears by what he saw.

The moment struck when Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop prospect Gavin Lux, Schmidt’s nephew and star pupil, parked a homer in the right field seats at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa.

Schmidt, a former minor leaguer and the head baseball coach at Division III Carthage College since 1987, knew he was witnessing the culmination of the work started more than a decade ago.

Note to self: Check back in at this time in 2029 to see how this panned out.

QLE Posted: July 26, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: July 26, 2019 at 09:42 AM (#5865160)
Schmidt was the #2 overall pick in 1982. Never made the majors, but I remember the name because he was picked so high, plus he played 3B and his name was Schmidt so he had to develop into a good one, right?

One of 4 players picked before Dwight Gooden.

Lux was putting up good numbers up through AA. Then in AAA, holy crap! in 104 PA, batting 483/558/944. That's video game numbers using cheat codes.
   2. Lassus Posted: July 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM (#5865172)
batting 483/558/944

I'm probably an idiot, but isn't .944 an awful low OPS for batting .483? I'm sure I'm missing something.
   3. Zonk didn't order a hit on an ambassador Posted: July 26, 2019 at 10:11 AM (#5865176)
I'm probably an idiot, but isn't .944 an awful low OPS for batting .483? I'm sure I'm missing something.

His OPS is actually 1.502

.944 is his slugging percentage.
   4. The Run Fairy Posted: July 26, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5865177)
That's AVG/OBP/SLG, so an OPS of 1.502.
   5. Lassus Posted: July 26, 2019 at 10:15 AM (#5865178)
Gotcha, thanks.
   6. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 26, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5865188)
freakin' Dodgers, man...

I mean, I still think the Reds trading Homer Bailey was a great trade (because it got that worthless SOB off the team), and, the two young'uns are still far from the majors, but, the Reds got a .400ish ops from Kemp, Puig sucked for the first 2 months of the season, and Wood hasn't even thrown a pitch for the Reds. Meanwhile, Joshiah Gray has a 2.14 era in high A, striking out more than a batter an inning with a whip under 1, and is already in AA (drafted last year!), and Jeter Downs is slugging .487 with 16hr and 20 sb in high A and only turns 21 tomorrow.

edit: and... the Dodgers saved money against their cap and are still 30 games over .500...

   7. Rally Posted: July 26, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5865227)
That's AVG/OBP/SLG, so an OPS of 1.502.

That's how I post slash lines, I assumed it was standard. A .483 singles hitter should have at least an OPS of .966, but could conceivably bring it down to .944 if he avoids extra bases, walk, and HBP but throws in a few sac flies.
   8. filihok Posted: July 26, 2019 at 12:44 PM (#5865248)
Here to plug the OBP/ISO/wRC+ slash line (.448/.461/256 for Lux in AAA)

   9. akrasian Posted: July 27, 2019 at 12:38 AM (#5865486)
Yes, but how is his defense?

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