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Scott Van Slyke | Outfielder

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Mariners.
Employing a career .259/.351/.472 hitter as your fifth outfielder must make GM Farhan Zaidi and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, formerly of the penny-pinching A's and Rays, respectively, giggle behind closed doors. Van Slyke, who hit .317/.396/.537 this spring, is an underrated platoon weapon, slashing 315/.415/.630 with eight bombs against lefties in 108 at-bats last year. He's not exactly helpless against righties either, hitting .279/.354/.413 against them in 2014 (right-hander Taijuan Walker was on the hill tonight in Van Slyke's first 2015 start). Van Slyke would garner 400-plus plate appearances on a handful of teams, but Zaidi and Friedman are content to continue letting him chew bubblegum and murder southpaws as matchups dictate. Apr 16 - 1:52 AM

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Scott Van Slyke hit a solo home run and an RBI single on Saturday.

The homer was Van Slyke's third of the spring, the RBI his eighth and ninth. The 28-year-old is a solid bench piece for the Dodgers. Last season, he hit .297/.386/.524 across 246 plate appearances. While Van Slyke won't stand in against many right-handed pitchers, he'll see his fair share of starts and at-bats vs lefties.
Apr 5 - 12:37 AM

Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-3, accounting for all of the Dodgers total team hits as they were shutout by the Angels in Cactus League action on Friday.

Van Slyke also drew a walk, reaching base three times on the evening. He's had a nice spring, hitting .333 (15-for-45) with two homers and seven RBI. He'll see most of his action this season as a spot starter against left-handed pitching.
Apr 4 - 12:56 AM

Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-3 with a solo home run as the Dodgers downed the Indians on Saturday.

Van Slyke's first long ball of the spring came in the second inning off of Bruce Chen. The 28-year-old will serve the Dodgers off the bench and should get an occasional start against a left-handed pitcher.
Mar 14 - 6:50 PM

Scott Van Slyke scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th as the Dodgers edged the Rockies 6-5 on Saturday.

Van Slyke singled off Franklin Morales with one out, advanced to second when Tim Federowicz was hit by a pitch, stole third and then scored on the wild pitch. The steal was his second of the night, as he doubled his season total from two to four. It was only appropriate, since he entered the game initially as a pinch-runner for Adrian Gonzalez in the third.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 01:42:00 AM

Scott Van Slyke (ankle) appeared as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Padres, drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.

Van Slyke tweaked his ankle while running down a ball in the outfield on Wednesday, but X-rays came back negative. He should be cleared to return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend should manager Don Mattingly decide to utilize him.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 05:18:00 AM

X-rays were negative on Scott Van Slyke's ankle.

Van Slyke turned his right ankle badly while chasing a ball in the gap Wednesday night, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power and he told reporters after the game that he only expects to miss a few days. The 28-year-old outfielder has been fantastic in limited action this season for the Dodgers, batting .267/.377/.517 with 10 home runs across 204 plate appearances.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 09:06:00 AM

Scott Van Slyke exited Wednesday's game with a mild right ankle sprain.

The injury looked bad, but the Dodgers made sure to say it is a mild sprain. He's being considered day-to-day.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:19:00 PM

Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right ankle injury.

Van Slyke was chasing a ball in the gap and rolled his ankle when planting. The outfielder was able to walk off under his own power. He had homered in the game before leaving. Carl Crawford replaced him in left field.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer Friday against the Rockies.

Van Slyke hit his first six home runs this season off southpaws, but each of his last two homers has been against right-handers. Still, we like him best in fantasy leagues in matchups against left-handed starters. It's worth noting that the Rockies will start Jorge De La Rosa and Yohan Flande in the next two games.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 12:16:00 AM

Scott Van Slyke was ejected from Saturday's game after the sixth inning for arguing a call at second base.

The Dodgers certainly won't be happy with Van Slyke's behavior, since it "forced" them to put a sore-kneed Andre Ethier in center field. What, did you think they might use Matt Kemp?
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 12:06:00 AM

Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-3 with two homers and two walks Monday to lead the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over the Reds.

Van Slyke was starting in center again, even though he has the least range of any of the Dodgers' outfielders. But he certainly deserves to be in the lineup somewhere against lefties, as he proved once again. He has six homers and 18 walks in 72 at-bats this season. With 26 strikeouts, too, he's making a run at becoming the game's ultimate Three-True Outcomes performer.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 12:29:00 AM

Scott Van Slyke is starting in center Monday for the Dodgers against the White Sox in place of Andre Ethier.

Matt Kemp will remain in left field. Van Slyke mainly plays against lefties (tonight's is Jose Quintana) and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is doing anything he can to put the Dodgers in a decent position defensively. Evidently he feels that Van Slyke is a better option in center than Kemp, which is highly debatable. Los Angeles has been a disaster on defense, piling up 44 errors in 58 games.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 06:35:00 PM

Scott Van Slyke homered and doubled off Wade Miley in Friday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Van Slyke is on pace for 12 homers and 12 doubles this year... off Wade Miley. Three of his four homers and three of his five doubles have come against the Arizona left-hander, who originally faced the Dodgers in the Australia series. Van Slyke only plays against lefties, but what a job he's done against them so far.
Sat, May 17, 2014 01:07:00 AM

Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, two walks, a triple, and a go-ahead solo home run as the Dodgers beat the Twins in 12 innings on Thursday.

A productive night for Van Slyke, who has been limited mostly to left-handed pitchers given his vast platoon splits. His 12th-inning solo home run off of Brian Duensing broke a 2-2 tie and pushed the Dodgers to victory. He also became the first Dodger to homer, triple, and steal a base in the same game since Marlon Anderson on September 18, 2006. Van Slyke is now slashing .306/.419/.722 in 43 plate appearances.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:23:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Alex Guerrero
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Juan Uribe
2Justin Turner
LF1Carl Crawford
2Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Brett Anderson
6Brandon Beachy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3Chris Hatcher
4J.P. Howell
5Brandon League
6Paco Rodriguez
7Pedro Baez
8Juan Nicasio
9Yimi Garcia
10Carlos Frias
11Chris Withrow