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SCOTT VAN SLYKE: 2016 Spring Training Report

SCOTT VAN SLYKE: 2016 Spring Training Report

Scott Van Slyke

Born: 7/24/1986 (29) in Chesterfield, MO

Ht/WT: 6-4, 215

B/T: R / R

Draft: 2005, Los Angeles Dodgers, 14th rd. (436th overall)

High School: John Burroughs School, Ladue, MO

Debut: May 9, 2012

In 29 spring training at bats, Scott is already hitting .414 with 3 bombs, which is solid no doubt. However, watching him play recently, it was his defense that made me a little worried. He is a utility guy who has spent time at first base and the outfield. In right field, he seemed to struggle with first instinct and hustle. On a routine fly to right center he made a clear first move misread and barely caught the ball across his body behind him. Just a few plays later a seemingly catchable flyball dropped with what appeared to be very little concern. It's only mid-March and an early observation, let's see what we can look forward to in 2016:

2015 Statistics

Overview

  • Long strikezone top-to-bottom.
  • Stood up for a high strikezone.
  • 15% of hits were off sinkers.
  • Did not swing often at pitches above the zone and away half - only swung at 17% of 35 pitches there (36% is avg).
  • Got thrown first-pitch strikes often (64%).

Strengths

  • Hit curves well - 31% of his 19 swings were hits/sacs (12% is avg).
  • Hit line-drives well above average frequency - 33% of balls in play (20% is avg).
  • Got hits/sacs most often off curve (31% of swings) compared to his least (cutter 7%).
  • Stretched 2nd to home often on singles - 5 of 7 chances.

Weaknesses

  • Hit cutters ineffectively when in play, batting 0.09 (0.305 is avg).
  • Hole up/right in the zone - he got hits only 6% of the time off his 66 swings there.
  • Big hole below the knees and away half - he got hits only 6% of the time off his 50 swings there.

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