Scott Van Slyke
Scott Van Slyke
32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $320,000 contract with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization in June of 2018.
Takes talents to Korea
OFFree Agent  
June 26, 2018
Van Slyke signed a one-year, $320,000 contract Monday with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
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The salary exceeds what Van Slyke would have received had he remained with the Marlins on a minor-league deal for the rest of the season, likely making it an easy decision for the 31-year-old to head overseas. Van Slyke has spent the entire 2018 campaign with the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, slashing .248/.354/.467 across 161 plate appearances. If he's able to make an impact in Korea over the next couple of months, Van Slyke could net a larger deal in the KBO this winter or perhaps generate renewed interest from MLB teams.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+40%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .651 76 10 2 6 2 .197 .303 .348
Since 2016vs Right .532 85 6 1 4 0 .195 .259 .273
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .541 34 4 1 2 1 .138 .265 .276
2017vs Right .548 14 2 1 1 0 .083 .214 .333
2016vs Left .739 42 6 1 4 1 .243 .333 .405
2016vs Right .529 71 4 0 3 0 .215 .268 .262
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Since 2016
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2018
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2017
 
 
+63%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+82%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .484 67 7 1 3 1 .145 .284 .200
Since 2016Away .652 94 9 2 7 1 .227 .277 .375
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .739 16 3 1 1 1 .091 .375 .364
2017Away .454 32 3 1 2 0 .133 .188 .267
2016Home .414 51 4 0 2 0 .159 .255 .159
2016Away .754 62 6 1 5 1 .276 .323 .431
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A pair of ailments -- back and wrist injuries -- limited Van Slyke to 52 games last season, the lowest total he's played since his debut season in 2012. Those injuries may have sapped Van Slyke's power as well, as he went deep just once in 113 plate appearances, providing an empty .225/.292/.314 line in the process. While part-time players can struggle to settle in at the plate with sporadic playing time, it's becoming clear that Van Slyke's 11-homer surge while working mostly on the small side of a platoon in 2014 is as good as it gets. Considered to be among the non-tender candidates in December, the Dodgers opted to extend Van Slyke a contract and keep him in the fold as spring training approaches. The Dodgers' outfield depth chart is more crowded than ever, which may ultimately lead the 30-year-old to a new club sooner rather than later.
Coming off a stellar 2014 in which he hit .297/.386/.524 in part-time duty, Van Slyke took a step back in 2015. Overall he hit just .239/.317/.383, but what was most surprising was his regression against LHP. Van Slyke destroyed them to the tune of a 1.045 OPS in 2014, but last year managed just a .784 mark. Seeing his BABIP drop from .400 to .305 year over year was a part of the story, but Van Slyke's BB% also dropped from 11.4% to 9.1% and he obviously showed less power with a .144 ISO versus 2014's .227 mark. Perhaps part was due to back, neck, and hand injuries that plagued him at different times last year. Barring a trade to an organization willing to give him full-time at-bats, Van Slyke is likely to return to the Dodgers to again fill a part-time outfield role, primarily against left-hand pitching. An offseason of rest should allow his body to heal up, allowing him to again be an offensive force when he is inserted into the lineup.
Van Slyke lived up to his reputation as a right-handed power bat capable of demolishing left-handed pitching last season, as he hit .315/.415/.630 with a .447 wOBA against southpaws in 2014. In an outfield less crowded than the Dodgers', Van Slyke might be able to carve out more playing time against righties, but there was a significant drop in his production across the board against them, and he becomes even more prone to striking out (32.8% K% v. RHP). In many ways, Van Slyke was the National League equivalent of Steve Pearce -- and it's clear that this skill set projects better in the American League. If he remains with the Dodgers, a similarly productive season in a limited role should be within reach, but there may be other teams interested in seeing what he's capable of doing with 400-plus plate appearances.
Van Slyke showed he could destroy minor league pitching in recent years, but in 2013, he got his first real taste of big league pitching, and the results weren't bad, as Van Slyke posted a .240/.342/.465 slash line with seven home runs in just 129 at-bats. Van Slyke has a big, looping swing, resulting in him striking out in more than 23 percent of his plate appearances, but he also walked in 13.2 percent of them. Van Slyke knows how to take a walk and possesses excellent power, but with no real opening in the Dodgers' lineup, his upside with the Dodgers appears to be as a backup outfielder and first baseman.
Van Slyke has put up monster numbers in the minors the past two seasons - .346/.425/.593 in 2011, .327/.404/.578 last year. Given his first taste of major league pitching last year, Van Slyke hit just .167 in 54 at-bats, seeing time at the outfield corners and at first base. Given that he's 26 and has no clear path to playing time, expect Van Slyke to open 2013 back in Triple-A. He seems likely to only see playing time in the event that he's traded or if someone is injured.
The son of former All-Star outfielder Andy Van Skyle, Scott has exceeded expectations as a former 14th-round pick out of high school back in 2005. Now 25, Van Slyke batted a robust .348/.427/.595 for Double-A Chattanooga, tallying 45 doubles and 20 home runs in 457 at-bats to go with a respectable 100:65 K:BB. Named the organization's minor league hitter of the year in 2011, Van Slyke will open 2012 in Triple-A and cross his fingers for a big league opportunity. He's likely limited to first base and left field defensively.
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Inks NRI deal with Miami
OFMiami Marlins  
January 13, 2018
Van Slyke signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Saturday which includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Accepts assignment to Triple-A
OFCincinnati Reds  
August 15, 2017
Van Slyke accepted an outright move to Triple-A Louisville, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Designated for assignment
OFCincinnati Reds  
August 9, 2017
Van Slyke was designated for assignment by the Reds on Wednesday.
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Heading to Cincinnati
OFCincinnati Reds  
July 31, 2017
Van Slyke was traded to the Reds along with minor-league catcher Hendrik Clementia for Tony Cingrani on Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Sent back down Saturday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers  
July 8, 2017
Van Slyke was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.
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