With the 2016 MLB Draft just hours away, we continue moving forward with draft profiles, switching over to the high school hitting ranks with a look at Gavin Lux, a prep shortstop from Indian Trail Academy in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Lux comes from a baseball family: his uncle Augie Schmidt was the second-overall pick in the 1982 draft and is currently the coach for Division III Carthage. As a result of his background, Lux is more polished than typical for a cold-weather high school player, with advanced defensive feel in particular. A year ago his tools seemed to fit best at second base but over the last 12 months he's gained size and strength. With physical maturity he now shows the arm strength to remain at shortstop, at least in the eyes of many observers, and his range and instincts would work well anywhere.
Listed at 6-2, 175, Lux was born November 23, 1997. A left-handed hitter, he has a line drive bat with sneaky power. His strike zone judgment is considered sound and the improved strength has boosted his power potential. While he'll never be a masher, he should be an effective line-drive hitter with very good on-base skills and enough speed to be a danger on the bases.
Committed to Arizona State, Lux was considered a signability risk a few months ago when he was seen as a third or fourth round talent. That has changed. With middle infielders who can hit in short supply, Lux's stock has risen quickly, rumors now placing him in the first round or compensation round. That would likely keep him away from the Sun Devils.
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