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Report: Dodgers calling up prospect Gavin Lux

MLB.com’s William Boor reports that the Dodgers are promoting infield prospect Gavin Lux to the majors. Ron Cervenka of ThinkBlue LA was the first to break the news.

On the bright side, if baseball doesn’t work out, he can have a long and happy existence as a character in a soap opera.

 

QLE Posted: September 02, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dodgers, gavin lux, prospects

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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 02, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5876262)
He absolutely crushed it at AAA this year, putting up way better number than he did at AA (which were still solid). I’m excited for his debut. I could very well see a Cory Seager situation where he turns a September call up into a starting role in the playoffs.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: September 02, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5876269)
I find it very annoying that my first thought was how this will impact his service time and eventual free agency.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: September 02, 2019 at 05:14 PM (#5876300)
I find it very annoying that the ####### Dodgers have another prospect.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 02, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5876305)
I find it very annoying that my first thought was how this will impact his service time and eventual free agency.


For all the ways that the Dodger front office tries to cut corners and squeeze out every advantage from the rules they can, they seem to not care about this. Seager, Pederson and Buehler were September call ups (though I think Buehler may have spent enough time in the minors the following year to lose that extra year of service time). Urias came up as soon as he was ready and there was an opening. They don't bother with the Kris Bryant type shenanigans. Maybe it's because of a belief that players play better when they don't see the team trying to screw them out of service time; I don't know.

Edit: Actually, iirc, they optioned Buehler for 10 days around the all-star break in 2018 which was just enough to give the team an extra year of control, which was ... well not so good for Buehler and kind of refutes the above.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 02, 2019 at 07:06 PM (#5876311)
#4: The Dodgers have also had the advantage of being a top team each year. Possibly the Cubs take a different approach with Bryant if they are a good team with a shot at a title in 2014 -- they brought Schwarber up in 2015 because he would be useful in making the playoffs and hopefully go deep in them. An issue with Bryant is that he should have been up mid-2014, after the trade deadline at the very latest. But that team stunk so once they decided not to do that, the extra 10 days at the start of 2015 was a pretty small risk to take (and I'm still not convinced they expected to be that good in 2015).

With Buehler ... hard to say. He looks like a standard Sept callup in 2017. He hadn't pitched particularly well at AAA (where he'd been used mostly in relief, I assume to prep him for a call-up to the pen) and he stunk in the majors. He would have had about 25 service days.

It made sense to start the season in AAA where he pitched well in 3 short starts before being called up. He started off very well then ... I assume he then went on the IL becasue he didn't pitch at all for 20 days, he came back for one inning of relief (giving up 5 runs) then was sent down for a couple of weeks at the end of June until after the break -- which could be service time games or could be a sensible thing to do with a young pitcher coming back from a small injury. That said, he barely pitched in those two weeks with one 3-inning appearance at A+. It actually looks like the Dodgers committed a triple sin here -- possibly rushed him back from injury then, instead of IL'ing him again, optioned him down to A+ which also achieved a service time goal.

All of that said, this might just be part and parcel of the Dodgers' SP strategy of the last several years. They have a collection of very good but generally fragile SPs. Buehler was first called up to take (surprise!) Rich Hill's spot. Stripling joined the rotation shortly after that (Kershaw I think). By the time Hill was back, looks like Ryu was down. Before Kershaw was back, Brock Stewart had 2 starts, Scott Alexander, Caleb Ferguson and Daniel Hudson had one each and looks like Hill was back on the shelf. Buehler made that June 8 start then by the time he appears again on the 28th, looks like Kershaw, Hill, Maeda and Wood are all healthy and Stripling has an ERA under 2. After the break, they moved to a 6-man rotation and then Stripling got hurt but Ryu was back and Maeda gets shifted to the pen and ...

So when Buehler was (presumably) on the IL, everybody got healthy and effective. When he came back on June 28, it's not clear he had a slot in the rotation anyway ... but the fact that he got sent down to A+ where he barely pitched (AS break or not) suggests it was more of an unofficial rehab stint that also achieved a service time limit which is very dirty pool. That the Dodgers went to a 6-man rotation to get him back up suggests they had no doubts about his ML worthiness. Still, the stacked healthy rotation at the end of June gives the Dodgers enough cover to claim baseball reasons and might even be legit.
   6. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: September 02, 2019 at 07:35 PM (#5876316)
Edit: Actually, iirc, they optioned Buehler for 10 days around the all-star break in 2018 which was just enough to give the team an extra year of control, which was ... well not so good for Buehler and kind of refutes the above.

A player accrues service time if he's only optioned for that short a period.
   7. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 02, 2019 at 07:49 PM (#5876318)
Haven't yet figured out how to run the BBRef Play Index query, but I'd luvvvvvvvvvv to see what Dodgers rookies are batting this season. Everyone save Tyler White has had a moment in the sun, and for some more than a few moments.
   8. Itchy Row Posted: September 02, 2019 at 08:49 PM (#5876325)
Here’s a list of the batting lines for the Dodger rookies this year. Five of the six non-pitchers (all except Rocky Gale, who has 15 plate appearances) have OPSes over .817.
   9. puck Posted: September 02, 2019 at 08:50 PM (#5876328)
He just singled to center on the first pitch he saw.
   10. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 02, 2019 at 08:58 PM (#5876330)
And his dad was crying!
   11. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:06 PM (#5876333)
Thanks, Itchy Row.

From that (in 755 AB, entering tonight), I get a slash line for the non-pitchers of...

286/343/514/857

Yeah, that'll play.
   12. puck Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:29 PM (#5876338)
Lux making it look easy against the Rockies. Lined a double.
   13. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:30 PM (#5876339)
Lux halfway to a cycle in his first game! Well ok, a single and double, but still pretty darn good.
   14. puck Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:30 PM (#5876340)
Lefty hitting middle infielder, even if isn't great, that comes in handy.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:48 PM (#5876344)
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   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5876345)
[15] Are you in the correct thread?
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5876346)
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   18. cardsfanboy Posted: September 02, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5876347)
[15] Are you in the correct thread?


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