The Dodgers game of musical chairs continue. Coming off a spectacular April where he was the recipient of the Dodger Pride Award for the month, AAA slugger Scott Van Slyke will take his bat to Los Angeles for another shot at The Show. Returning to Albuquerque will be Elian Hererra. Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke (#33) from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque.Last year, Van Slyke made his debut in Dodger Blue, but failed to impress. Although, he did slug a couple of homers, and recorded his very first hit against the SF Giants. So there's that.
Van Slyke, 26, was leading the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with a .397 batting average, nine homers (T-1st), 32 runs scored (T-1st), a .503 on-base percentage and a .733 slugging percentage in 34 games with the Isotopes. He was also tied for second in the league with 30 RBI. Van Slyke appeared in 27 games with the Dodgers last year, batting .167 (9-for-54) with two homers and seven RBI in his only MLB experience.
Herrera made just one appearance after being recalled on Tuesday, starting Wednesday’s game against the D-backs in left field and going 1-for-3 at the plate.
I thought it would be fun to share a video I found of Scott Van Slyke in the Dodgers clubhouse after his first Major League hit as he faces a little bit of hazing. Check it out below.
Here are his career stats, via Baseball-Reference:
Pic Credit Above: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2012
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