Dodger Prospect #30 Scott Van Slyke

LAdugout.com is currently taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger system. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Name-SCOTT T. VAN SLYKE
Position- Outfield
Residence- Ladue, Mo.
DOB- July 26, 1984
Ht- 6-5
Wt- 195
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in the 14th round 2005
06 Club- Ogden (Pioneer)

There was gradual improvement in Van Slyke's game in 2006. That's pretty much the way the Dodgers figured it would be. They haven't anticipated monster seasons from him because he's still getting used to the routine while tightening up his long swing.

They took him in the 14th round when he was drafted because most felt he was bound for the University of Mississippi. At the time it was felt he might not be quite ready for the pros but they've lost some good ones by not coming up with the cash (think David Price and Joe Savery) so they did in this case because the felt he could well become a high-end choice after three years of college.

He certainly has the body to develop into a long ball hitter of note and his athletic background is impeccable- dad Andy was a big league star who is now a coach with the Tigers while older brother A.J. is in the Cardinal system. He himself starred in football and basketball in high school.

The hope is that he'll blossom as he matures. He's packing weight on his frame and should be a strong hitter. His arm is first rate and he's an above-average runner.

He'll bid for a job with Great Lakes in 2007 but another year in rookie ball might not be a bad idea.