Scott Van Slyke, Left Field
Date of Birth: 7/24/1986
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Missouri
Scott Van Slyke, left fielder, is following in his father Andy's footsteps. The senior Van Slyke was a major league outfielder from 1983 to 1995, playing for four teams and winning two Silver Slugger awards and five Gold Gloves. He currently is a coach with the Seattle Mariners.
Van Slyke started his professional baseball career in the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league system in 2005. He played in the minors from 2005 through most of 2014, joining the Dodgers for 27 games in 2012.
In 2013, Van Slyke played in 53 games with the Dodgers and he finished with 31 hits and a .240 batting average. He finished the 2014 season with 63 hits and a .297 batting average in 98 games. He didn't get a hit in his one postseason at-bat.
Van Slyke played in 96 games with the Dodgers in 2015. He finished the season with 53 hits, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs, and a .239 batting average. Defensively, he played 55 games in left field, 3 games in center field, and 22 games in right field.
Van Slyke spent much of the 2016 season on the DL, playing in just 52 games with the Dodgers. He finished the season with a .225 batting average. He didn't play in the postseason.
The Dodgers traded Van Slyke to the Cincinnati Reds on July 31, 2017. He was designated for assignment on August 9th. He spent most of the 2017 season in the minors, playing in just 29 games with the Dodgers.
Van Slyke became a free agent on October 2, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Van Slyke through 2017 include:
- 355 games played
- 184 hits
- 95 RBIs
- 223 strikeouts to 85 walks
- .242 batting average
Van Slyke and his wife Audrey have one son.