Scott Van Slyke, Left Field, Cincinnati Reds
Date of Birth: 7/24/1986
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Missouri
Current Salary: $1,325,000
Scott Van Slyke, left fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, 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 Reds on July 31, 2017. He was designated for assignment on August 9th.
Career batting statistics for Van Slyke through 2016 include:
- 326 games played
- 179 hits
- 92 RBIs
- 208 strikeouts to 78 walks
- .249 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Van Slyke as an outfielder through 2016 include:
- 147 games played in left field, 25 games played in center field, 70 games played in right field
- 282 putouts
- 7 errors
Van Slyke and his wife Audrey have one son.