Latest Update Van Slyke with pinch-hit homer on Tuesday Wed Jul, 23, 07:13 AM
Is versatile enough to play first base and either corner outfield position. Has good power and plate discipline, so he takes his walks as well. Also has good pedigree as the son of former MLB outfielder Andy Van Slyke.
Flaws: : Isn't nearly as athletic as his father used to be. Must prove capable of hitting right-handed pitching with consistency at the big-league level in order to see a fair amount of at-bats.
Van Slyke made his only at-bats count on Tuesday night, blasting his ninth home run which was his first since July 3. Although he has managed to be productive when given playing time, as long as he continues to split time in a crowded outfield it will limit any fantasy upside this slugger may hold. Analyst: Matthew Beck
The lefty killer is off to a solid start to the month as he is hitting .333 (7-for-21) with two home runs, a double, five RBI, and two runs scored in seven July games. The Dodgers outfield is just too crowded to count on players like Van Slyke, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier on a regular basis. They are a better fit for those of you who play in DFS contests where utilizing player platoon splits is more beneficial.Analyst: Michael Pichan
Van Slyke got the start in left field in place of Matt Kemp who got his first day off in over 35 games. The RHH Van Slyke continued to mash left-handed pitching as he now owns a slash line of .281/.438/.702/1.140 with six home runs in 57 at-bats versus lefties on the year. All totals are head and shoulders above anyone else on the Dodgers team.Analyst: Michael Pichan
Although he doesn't see regular playing time in the Dodgers outfield, his ability to mash left-handed pitchers keeps him in contention for at-bats in a crowded outfield. He is now hitting .291 with six home runs and nine RBI against southpaws over just 55 at-bats. If ever given regular playing time, Van Slyke would make for a solid pickup if help is needed in the power department. Analyst: Matthew Beck