Dodgers Newcomers Named to Futures Game
Infielder Gavin Lux and pitcher Dustin May were promoted from Double-A Tulsa earlier this week
New Oklahoma City Dodgers players Gavin Lux and Dustin May have experienced eventful weeks.
The duo was promoted to the OKC Dodgers from the Double-A Tulsa Drillers Thursday, named to the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Friday and also made their Triple-A debuts within the span of a few days.
Lux and May were selected to be part of the National League roster during the Futures Game scheduled for Sunday, July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Both OKC newcomers rank among the Top-10 Dodgers prospects by MLB Pipeline.
Lux, 21, made his Triple-A debut with the Dodgers Thursday against New Orleans, finishing the game 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
He has hit safely in each of his first three Triple-A games with OKC and five of his first eight hits have gone for extra bases.
He collected his first Triple-A home run in the first inning Sunday night at First Tennessee Park, finishing with four hits and a game-high three RBI for OKC.
Lux entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ №3 prospect by Baseball America and currently is ranked №2 by MLB.com.
He was named a Texas League Midseason All-Star and in 64 games with Tulsa this season, batted .313 with a team-leading 81 hits, four triples, seven stolen bases, 45 runs and 13 homers (tie), along with 37 RBI, seven doubles and 28 walks.
At the time of his promotion, he ranked among Texas League leaders in total bases (135, 1st), hits (2nd), OPS (.896, 2nd), SLG (.521, 2nd), home runs (tie, 2nd), batting average (tie, 4th), OBP (.375, 5th) and triples (tie, 6th).
The reigning Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year played in 88 games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga last season before being assigned to Tulsa Aug. 1, where he played 28 games. He led all shortstops in the Minors in batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.399) and slugging percentage (.514) and led all Dodgers farmhands with 150 hits and 85 runs scored. He was named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star, Baseball America Minor League All-Star, California League Midseason and Postseason All-Star.
Lux was selected by the Dodgers in the first round (20th overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft from Indian Trail High School in Kenosha, Wis.
May, 21, made his Triple-A debut last night in Nashville with the OKC Dodgers.
He allowed two runs and five hits over 5.0 innings with two walks and three strikeouts at First Tennessee Park. He was credited with the win in OKC’s 13–6 victory, throwing 91 pitches, including 54 strikes.
The Texas League All-Star began the season tabbed as the Dodgers №4 prospect and top pitching prospect by Baseball America. At the time of his promotion Thursday, May was tied for the Texas League lead with 15 starts and ranked second in strikeouts (86), fourth in WHIP (1.15), fourth in BAA (.237) and sixth in ERA (3.74).
He earned Texas League Player of the Week honors after his most recent start with the Drillers June 22 against Amarillo in Tulsa. He pitched 7.0 shutout innings, including a career-high 14 strikeouts. He allowed two hits and no walks while facing just one over the minimum.
He was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Northwest High School in Justin, Texas.
The July 7 Futures Game can be seen starting at 6 p.m. Central time on MLB Network, MLB.com and heard on SiriusXM.
The Futures Game switches to an American League versus National League format this year after 20 years of prospects being divided into U.S. and World teams. The game has also been shortened to seven innings, according to MLB.com.
The Dodgers continue their road series tonight at 7:05 p.m. against Nashville at First Tennessee Park. Oklahoma City leads the series, 2–0.