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Scott Van Slyke
Birthdate: 7/24/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 26 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/195     Position: OF
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 26, Overall: 436, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Contract: $1.3M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Van Slyke will have to compete for his usual platoon role in left field with the newly-signed Franklin Gutierrez this spring, the Los Angeles Times reports. (2/14/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Two years ago, Van Slyke had a coming out party of sorts. He posted an OPS better than .900 and was worth almost three wins in just 246 plate appearances. He looked like one of the best fourth outfielders in the game. Fast forward through two injury plagued seasons and his roster spot was somewhat in jeopardy before the Dodgers tendered him a contract for 2017. His 2016 was disappointing thanks in large part to a balky back and a wrecked wrist that required surgery after the season. Despite that, he still posted a career-best in line drive percentage, but that also came with a career-low Soft%. One noticeable thing he did poorly was pull the ball. His 2016 rate was down 11-plus percent over his previous two seasons. For a guy with big-time power potential, he should be focused on pulling and elevating the ball (also had a career-low fly ball percentage) -- especially as a fourth outfielder/left-handed masher-type guy. From a guy with a career 121 wRC+ heading into 2016, his 66 wRC+ was thoroughly disappointing. With a repaired wrist, it wouldn't be surprising to see Van Slyke get back to his mashing ways, but there's not a ton of fantasy value here outside of deep and/or NL-only leagues. (Dustin Nosler)

The Quick Opinion: Once one of the most feared hitters left-handed pitchers had to face, Van Slyke took a gigantic step back in 2016. He dealt with two significant injuries, which factored into his struggles. After surgery and an offseason of recovery, he could, realistically, return to at least his 2015 form, if not 2014.

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