Though Lux went 20th overall in the 2016 Draft, that made him only the second-highest pick in his family behind uncle Augie Schmidt, the No. 2 overall pick and Golden Spikes Award winner in 1982. After signing for $2,314,500, Lux struggled for most of his first full pro season but has dominated since. He batted .347/.421/.607 in 2019, becoming the first middle infielder age 21 or younger to post a 1.000 OPS in the upper Minors since Gregg Jefferies in 1987 and coming within .001 in OBP of topping all Minor League shortstops in all three slash stats for the second straight year.
Lux became an offensive force once he got stronger, began using his legs more and added some loft to his swing. He already had a pretty left-handed stroke and impressive bat speed, not to mention an advanced approach at the plate, and now he has no discernible offensive weakness. Add in his plus speed, and he could be a perennial .300 hitter with 25-30 homers and 15-20 steals per season.
Lux has a high baseball IQ, the result of growing up around the game because his uncle is the longtime coach at NCAA Division III Carthage (Wis.). He has the quickness, soft hands and solid arm strength for shortstop and last season ironed out some longstanding issues with throwing accuracy. The Dodgers played him solely at second base after calling him up last September, and may continue to do so because Corey Seager is a superior shortstop.
Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 65
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Lux developed fine baseball instincts growing up around the game as the nephew of Augie Schmidt, the No. 2 overall pick and Golden Spikes Award winner in 1982 and the longtime coach at NCAA Division III Carthage (Wis.). He became a first-rounder himself as a Wisconsin high schooler in 2016, signing for $2,314,500 as the 20th overall choice, but struggled mightily for most of his first full pro season. He rebounded in 2018, leading all Minor League shortstops in all three slash categories (.324/.399/.514), reaching Double-A at age 20 and batting .424 in the Texas League playoffs to lead Tulsa to the championship.
Lux broke out offensively after getting stronger and using his legs more while adding more launch angle to his left-handed stroke. Those changes as well as his bat speed give him more power than most middle infielders. He's an advanced hitter who has controlled the strike zone well and made consistent contact throughout his pro career, even when he wasn't putting up big numbers.
With his plus speed and savvy, Lux can steal bases and has the upside of a 25-25 player. He has the raw tools to play shortstop, including quickness, soft hands and solid arm strength, and he has gotten smoother at the position since turning pro. But he also has had issues with throwing accuracy, leading to 61 errors in 208 games at short in his first three seasons, so many scouts think he'll wind up at second base.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55
The nephew of Augie Schmidt, the No. 2 overall pick and Golden Spikes Award winner in 1982 and now the head coach at NCAA Division III Carthage (Wis.), Lux developed fine instincts as he grew up around the game. When his tools improved across the board as a high school senior, he became the first shortstop drafted in 2016 (20th overall) and signed for $2,314,500. The game didn't come as easily to him as expected during his first full pro season, though he did rally to bat .299/.370/.455 in the final eight weeks in low Class A and has raked this year in high Class A.
Lux found success at the plate as he started to use his legs more in his left-handed swing. He added strength last offseason and is driving the ball more in the air, changes that coupled with his bat speed could make him a 15-20 homer threat on an annual basis. He controls the strike zone well for a 20-year-old and should provide more offense than most middle infielders.
Lux has the solid speed and the savvy to steal 20 bases per year, though there are diverging opinions as to how well that quickness translates to his defense. He has reliable hands but he can look more stiff than athletic at shortstop. Though he has a strong arm, he has mechanical issues that lead to throwing errors at shortstop and he's much more reliable at second base.