Scott Van Slyke
|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|
Scott Van Slyke was born in Chesterfield, Missouri, to Andy and Lauri Van Slyke. He grew up in St. Louis, where his father, Andy, played with the St. Louis Cardinals. Scott is the second of four children; his older brother, A. J., plays with the Cardinals. At the age of 7, he rescued his 3-year-old brother Jared from drowning in a hot tub at the spring training camp in Brandenton, Florida.
Van Slyke began playing baseball at age 5. He attended John Burroughs High School in Ladue, Missouri, where he was named Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
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". He was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster after the season.
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 St. Louis Cardinals pitcher 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 infield 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.
Van Slyke 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 a crowded Dodgers outfield that already consisted of Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford. He regularly started against left-handed pitching, in a platoon role, first with Ethier and later with 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.
- "Scott Van Slyke". Baseball-Reference.com. 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- "Scott Van Slyke Hits Homer For Mom On Mother's Day". StL Sports Page. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- Stephen, Eric (20 May 2012). "Don Mattingly On Scott Van Slyke: 'I Sent Him Up There To Hit'". True Blue LA. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- Shaikin, Bill (8 October 2013). "For Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke, a family reunion could be in store". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- Brown, David (1 May 2008). "Answer Man: Andy Van Slyke talks slugging Bonds, coaching first". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- "BASEBALL: SPRING TRAINING REPORT; Van Slyke's Son Saves Brother". The New York Times. 4 March 1992. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- Sorrell, Bill (17 April 2014). "Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder, first baseman Van Slyke relies on faith to stay levelheaded". The Alabama Baptist. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- "Dodgers Come Through In Pinch To Beat Giants". Truebluela.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- "Box Score: Cardinals vs. Dodgers, May 20, 2012". Espn.go.com. May 20, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- Hernandez, Dylan (June 3, 2012). "Dodgers again will be limited financially in amateur draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- Young, David (12 February 2014). "Dodgers 2014 profile: Scott Van Slyke, the bench bat". Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- O'Brien, Trevor (11 September 2013). "Dodgers, Van Slyke Walk Off In Extras". KNBC. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- "Scott Van Slyke Career Stats". Los Angeles Dodgers MLB.com. 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- 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.
- "Los Angeles Dodgers Batting Stats - 2014 (Regular season: SLG)". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
- "Los Angeles Dodgers Batting Stats - 2014 (Regular season: OPS)". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Scott Van Slyke.|
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Scott Van Slyke on Twitter