Scott Van Slyke
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|Scott Van Slyke|
Slyke with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 33
July 24, 1986 |
|May 9, 2012 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||55|
Minor League Career
Van Slyke made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2005, appearing in 24 games and hitting .282.
Van Slyke played for the Ogden Raptors in 2006, the Great Lakes Loons in 2007 & 2008 and the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino in 2008–09 before he was promoted to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes at the end of the 2009 season. He was named to the California League Post-season All-Star team in 2009. He began 2010 with the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Double-A Southern League and again returned to Albuquerque to finish the season.
He started 2011 with Chattanooga, where he began spending more time at first base. He was selected to the mid-season All-Star game, and won the MVP award in the game. He was later also selected as a post-season all-star. In 130 games, he hit .348 with 20 home runs and 92 RBI. He led the entire Southern League in batting average for the 2011 season and was selected as the Dodgers "Minor League Player of the Year" and was added to their 40-man roster after the season.
Major League Career
Van Slyke was called up to the Dodgers on May 9, 2012. He made his debut that night as a pinch hitter and recorded an RBI single in his first at-bat. He was the first Dodger to get a pinch RBI in his first at-bat since Carl Warwick on April 11, 1961. Van Slyke hit his first Major League home run on May 20, 2012, as a pinch hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals off Marc Rzepczynski when he was given the green light to swing on a 3-0 count. The three-run home run gave the Dodgers the game-winning 6-5 lead.
On June 1, 2012, Van Slyke was part of a record-setting Dodgers lineup that featured the sons of five former Major Leaguers (along with Tony Gwynn, Jr., Iván DeJesús, Jr., Dee Gordon and Jerry Hairston, Jr.). This was the first time in Major League history this had ever occurred and was also the first time for a starting infield of four major league sons: first baseman Van Slyke, second baseman Hairston, third baseman De Jesus and shortstop Gordon. He played in a total of 27 games with the Dodgers and hit .167 with 2 home runs. In 95 games with Albuquerque, he hit .327 with 18 homers and 67 RBI. After the conclusion of the AAA season, he played with the Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.
He was designated for assignment on December 12, 2012, and removed from the 40-man roster. With Albuquerque at the start of 2013, he hit .397 with 9 homers and 30 RBI in 34 games.
The Dodgers purchased his contract on May 10, 2013, and brought him back up to the Majors. He wound up splitting time between Albuquerque and Los Angeles the rest of the season. With the Dodgers he hit .240 with 7 home runs and 19 RBI. His biggest moment was a pinch hit walk-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 10.
In 2014, Van Slyke was the backup outfielder for the crowded Dodgers outfield already consisting of Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford. He regularly started against left-handed pitching, in a platoon role, with first Ethier and later Crawford. Van Slyke finished the 2014 regular season hitting .297, with 8 home runs and 29 RBIs in 98 games. He led the team in slugging percentage and on-base plus slugging.
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- Dodgers, Van Slyke Walk Off In Extras
- Witz, Billy (2014-09-23). "A Pretty Good Outfield in Los Angeles (Some Would Say Two): Dodgers Head to Playoffs With Six Outfielders Vying for Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
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