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Scott Van Slyke
7/24/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 3 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 26, Overall: 436, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
$1.3M / 1 Years (2017)
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)
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After parts of eight seasons in the minors, the 2011 Dodger organizational hitter of the year finally made his big league debut in 2012, thanks in no small part due to a rash of injuries at the highest level. Van Slyke did little to impress in limited playing time, and didn't even merit a token September call-up. Despite good numbers in Double-A and Triple-A, he's going to be 27 years old without any big-league success to point to and has few fans among scouts. He may yet have a career as a Quad-A type ahead of him, though after going unclaimed when any team could have had him for free, he's likely to remain in Albuquerque, hoping for an injury to Adrian Gonzalez. (
The Quick Opinion:
Andy's kid has plus raw power and has consistently put up solid numbers in the minors, but few scouts think he has the bat speed to succeed in the bigs -- nor, apparently, do other teams, considering he made it through waivers unclaimed after being DFA'd in December.
The fact that Scott Van Slyke is even getting a FG+ profile a year after all 30 teams declined to pick him up following the Dodgers designating him for assignment should show how productive his 2013 was. Van Slyke went back to Triple-A and destroyed the ball -- yes, Albuquerque and the PCL in general promote offense, but still, .348/.479/.627 -- and he eventually got enough playing time with the Dodgers to hit seven homers in just 152 plate appearances. With some ability to take a walk and hit a dinger, Van Slyke is an interesting possibility as a bench piece, though his opportunities will be limited in Los Angeles since first base and the corner outfield spots are very well-staffed.
The Quick Opinion:
Van Slyke has real power and some amount of plate discipline, perhaps enough to make him an NL-only fantasy bench option, though he'll have difficulty finding playing time on a stacked Dodger roster.
Two years ago, Scott Van Slyke was heading into his age-26 season with one DFA and nine career hits under his belt. After a surprisingly successful 2013 and a very valuable 2014, he's now one of the best power bench bats in the majors, one who would be considered for a starting position on plenty of other teams. Though he has fewer than 500 career plate appearances, Van Slyke has shown a combination of good power (.476 slugging percentage, 20 homers, .215 isolated slugging percentage) and the ability to take a walk (11.0% walk rate), enough that his high strikeout rate isn't a problem. With "right-handed power" being the overused buzzword of the moment, Van Slyke's reputation may be at its peak, but as long as he's with the Dodgers, he'll find his playing time limited to platoon duties in left and backup work in right and at first base. (
The Quick Opinion:
Scott Van Slyke has transformed his career from an unwanted Quad-A type into a valuable righty power source who can take a walk and play multiple positions. With Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez gone, the Dodgers may count on him even more in 2015.
Scott Van Slyke, 29, established himself as one of the best lefty-mashing bench bats in baseball in 2014, but suffered through an injury-plagued 2015 that helped slash his isolated power by more than 80 points. Most disturbing, however, was a mere .258/.386/.398 slash line against lefties, who he had abused with a 1.045 on-base plus slugging percentage in 2014. He’s coming back to the Dodgers in 2016, though a crowded outfield and the everyday presence of Adrian Gonzalez at first base will limit Van Slyke’s appeal to NL-only and deeper daily leagues. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
Scott Van Slyke suffered through a series of injuries in 2015 that cut his power significantly, though he still has some value in NL-only and daily leagues as a platoon option against left-handed pitching.
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