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2015 Dodgers review: Scott Van Slyke

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A look back at an injury plagued season for Scott Van Slyke, which cut into both his playing time and production in 2015.

What went right

Van Slyke had three home runs and four doubles against left-handers, along with 17 walks against 21 strikeouts, hitting .258/.386/.398 against southpaws.

He hit .295/.359/.491 with four of his six home runs at Dodger Stadium, including a three-run walk-off shot to beat the Marlins on May 11.

The 6'4 Van Slyke again proved versatile in the outfield, mostly in the corners, but also mixing in five innings over three games in center field. He led the Dodgers with eight outfield assists, two more than any other player on the team, despite just 426 defensive innings in the outfield, just 29.4 percent of the total available.

Van Slyke is a valuable player, so much so that the Marlins asked for him as part of a package with Corey Seager and Julio Urias, and others, to land ace Jose Fernandez, per Jayson Stark of ESPN.

What went wrong

Van Slyke hit just .203/.226/.288 in May, which happened to be his month with the most plate appearances in 2015.

He hit .224/.306/.327 with two home runs on the road.

Van Slyke was handcuffed by right-handers, hitting .225/.261/.372 against same-handed pitchers, with 41 strikeouts and six walks in 139 plate appearances.

That production was limited by scattered injuries throughout the season. He battled back issues for part of the season, missing 17 games on the disabled list in June, then struggled through a cyst in his right hand in September and right wrist inflammation, the latter which helped keep Van Slyke off the postseason roster.

2015 particulars

Age: 28

Stats: .239/.317/.383, .305 wOBA, 95 OPS+, 95 wRC+, 6 HR, 253 PA, 1.3 rWAR, 1.2 fWAR

Salary: $522,500

Game of the year

That walk-off home run on May 11 ended a game that saw Van Slyke get three hits, including a double, and score twice. He also threw out a runner at home plate from left field, to complete his all-around effort.

Roster status

Van Slyke has two years, 151 days of major league service time and is eligible for salary arbitration as a Super Two player, in the top 22 percent in service time among players with at least two years but not three years of service. He is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $1.2 million through arbitration in 2016.

Van Slyke has one option year remaining.