Scott Van Slyke

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Scott Van Slyke
MG 3664 Scott Van Slyke.jpg
Van Slyke with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 33
Outfielder / First baseman
Born: (1986-07-24) July 24, 1986 (age 30)
Chesterfield, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 9, 2012, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .249
Home runs 27
Runs batted in 92
Teams

Scott T. Van Slyke (born July 24, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

The son of All-Star outfielder Andy Van Slyke, he was selected by the Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of John Burroughs School in Missouri.

Early life[edit]

Scott Van Slyke was born in Chesterfield, Missouri,[1] to Andy and Lauri Van Slyke.[2] He grew up in St. Louis, where his father, Andy, played with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1983-86.[3][4] Scott is the second of four children; his older brother, A. J., played in the Cardinals' minor league system from 2005-08.[5] At the age of seven, he rescued his three-year-old brother Jared from drowning in a hot tub near the Pittsburgh Pirates' spring training camp in Bradenton, Florida.[6]

Van Slyke began playing baseball at age five.[7] He attended John Burroughs High School in Ladue, Missouri,[1] where he was named Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005.[7] He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2005 amateur draft.[1]

Career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

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 and 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.[7] He was later also selected as a post-season all-star. In 130 games, he hit .348 with 20 home runs and 92 RBI.[7] He led the Southern League in batting average for the 2011 season, and was selected as the Dodgers "Minor League Player of the Year".[7] He was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster after the season.

Major Leagues[edit]

Van Slyke in his debut with Dodgers

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10][11] He played in a total of 27 games with the Dodgers and hit .167 with 2 home runs.[7] In 95 games with Albuquerque, he hit .327 with 18 homers[7] 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 batting

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.[7]

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.[7] His biggest moment was a pinch-hit walk-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 10.[12]

In 2014, Van Slyke was a backup in a crowded Dodgers outfield that also included 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.[13] 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.[14][15][16]

In 2015, he hit .239/.317/.383 in 96 games with six homers and 30 RBI.[1] He battled left mid-back and right wrist issues for much of the season, which negatively affected his performance.[17][18] Following the season, he agreed to a one-year, $1.225 million, contract with the Dodgers for 2016, avoiding salary arbitration.[19]

He was never fully healthy in 2016. Van Slyke played in 52 games, hitting .225./.292/.314 with one home run and seven RBI.[20] A back injury hampered him at the start of the season, and his right wrist injury recurred,[21] ending his season in early August. In late August, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his wrist in order to resolve the issue.[22] On December 1, 2016, he signed a one-year, $1.325 million, contract with the Dodgers to avoid arbitration.[23]

Personal[edit]

Van Slyke and his wife, Audrey, are Christian and are active in Bible study groups.[7] They have one son, Jackson.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Scott Van Slyke". Baseball-Reference.com. 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Scott Van Slyke Hits Homer For Mom On Mother's Day". StL Sports Page. May 12, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Stephen, Eric (May 20, 2012). "Don Mattingly On Scott Van Slyke: 'I Sent Him Up There To Hit'". True Blue LA. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Shaikin, Bill (October 8, 2013). "For Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke, a family reunion could be in store". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Brown, David (May 1, 2008). "Answer Man: Andy Van Slyke talks slugging Bonds, coaching first". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "BASEBALL: SPRING TRAINING REPORT; Van Slyke's Son Saves Brother". The New York Times. March 4, 1992. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Sorrell, Bill (April 17, 2014). "Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder, first baseman Van Slyke relies on faith to stay levelheaded". The Alabama Baptist. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dodgers Come Through In Pinch To Beat Giants". Truebluela.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Box Score: Cardinals vs. Dodgers, May 20, 2012". Espn.go.com. May 20, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (June 3, 2012). "Dodgers again will be limited financially in amateur draft". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Young, David (February 12, 2014). "Dodgers 2014 profile: Scott Van Slyke, the bench bat". Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ O'Brien, Trevor (September 11, 2013). "Dodgers, Van Slyke Walk Off In Extras". KNBC. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Scott Van Slyke Career Stats". Los Angeles Dodgers MLB.com. 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ Witz, Billy (September 23, 2014). "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 September 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers Batting Stats - 2014 (Regular season: SLG)". ESPN. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers Batting Stats - 2014 (Regular season: OPS)". ESPN. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ Stephen, Eric (October 6, 2015). "Scott Van Slyke still battling wrist inflammation, unlikely for NLDS roster". SB Nation. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
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  19. ^ Stephen, Eric (January 14, 2016). "Scott Van Slyke avoids arbitration with reported $1.225 million deal for 2016". SB Nation. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Scott Van Slyke Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  21. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (August 9, 2016). "Scott Van Slyke goes on the disabled list, hoping to avoid season-ending surgery.". LA Daily News. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  22. ^ Gurnick, Ken (August 27, 2016). "Van Slyke to address wrist issue with surgery". mlb.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ Stephen, Eric (December 1, 2016). "Dodgers avoid salary arbitration with Scott Van Slyke, Chris Hatcher". Retrieved December 1, 2016. 

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