By: Burke Granger
Gavin Lux – SS – Indian Trail HS (Wis.). 6’2″ 175. Bats: R. Throws: L. DOB: November 23, 1997. College Commitment: Arizona State.
SCOUTED: Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60, McCook (Ill.). February 7, 2016.
In what’s shaping up to be a banner year for Midwest high school baseball, Gavin Lux joins Ben Rortvedt and Cooper Johnson as potential early round picks coming from the Illinois/Wisconsin area. Combine them with class blue chippers Riley Pint and Joey Wentz from Kansas, and the Heartland of America now looks like a major manufacturer of talent in this year’s draft crop.
2015 Stats: .481 Ave., 40 Runs, 32 RBI.
HITTING: The left-handed hitting Lux showed balance and timing while demonstrating a consistent transfer of weight in getting himself into load position. Lux is loose at the plate, whipping the bat through the zone and making solid contact, pulling line drives on most of his BP swings.
POWER: At a thin 6’2″ 175, Lux’s frame doesn’t produce a lot of present raw power. There isn’t any wasted movement in his slightly uppercut swing that should produce doubles power until he develops more strength.
SPEED: An above average runner, Lux ran a 6.86 60 yard dash at the event which translates into grade 55 speed.
DEFENSE: It’s with the glove where Lux has his bread buttered. I don’t know where the derivation of that phrase comes from. A smooth fielder with soft hands and footwork to match, Lux passes the eye test, looking more likely to stay at shortstop than his peers at this showcase. He moves well to both his right and his left, and showed some of the softer hands among the other middle infielders.
ARM: Lux has a loose throwing motion that flashed above average arm strength across the diamond. While he had a couple throws off his back foot in the hole that looked questionable, Lux also tied for the highest infield velocity (90 mph) at the event. While Lux doesn’t have a cannon, his efficient footwork and quick hands make his arm play up a notch.
FUTURE: In a draft lacking up the middle depth, Lux is now being listed in the first round in some recent industry leader mock drafts. If he’s selected that high, it’s a clear indicator that the team feels he will stick up the middle, as the power won’t likely be playable at 3rd.
DISCLAIMER: It’s important to note that I’m not a scout. I don’t have the training or expertise that they do. I do however actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”. I also talk to scouts when I’m there. While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.