The Los Angeles Dodgers today named their Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, giving the awards to infielder Gavin Lux and right-hander Tony Gonsolin, respectively.
Both players began the year with the Dodgers single-A affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, with both subsequently promoted to the double-A Tulsa Drillers.
Lux was selected by the Dodgers with their first-round draft pick in 2016, the 20th pick overall, after graduating from Indian Trails High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Gonsolin was acquired in the same draft, in the ninth round, 281st overall, out of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
The left-handed hitting Lux batted .324/.396/.520/.916 for the Quakes in 88 games, then carried his momentum into Tulsa for 28 more games at a .324/.408/.495/.904 clip. Lux primarily played shortstop this season, with his 17 of his starts at second base coming only in single-A.
Across both levels, Lux accumulated 50 extra-base hits, gathered 57 walks and struck out 88 times in 524 plate apperances.
Gonsolin pitched solely as a starter, appearing in a total of 26 games. He had a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA, combined. In 128 innings he allowed 104 hits with only eight home runs and 42 walks while striking out 155 batters, for 10.9 K/9 ratio.
Last year’s winners were catcher Keibert Ruiz and a pitcher named Walker Buehler.
Lux and Gonsolin will be presented their awards at Dodger Stadium tomorrow night, prior to the Dodgers facing the Colorado Rockies.