As soon as the monster shot hit by Scott Van Slyke sailed over the right field fence, I knew he was in for a special season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Van Slyke hit a mammoth homer in the Dodgers’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the season opener and showed the entire world that he is here to stay on the Dodgers’ 25 man roster.
Just a few years ago, Van Slyke was designated for assignment by the Dodgers and garnered interest from zero teams. It’s safe to say he’s come a long way since then.
Van Slyke will likely be the fifth outfielder once Matt Kemp returns, but his power bat and great stats against left handed pitching make him a valuable asset for the Dodgers.
With all of his intangible skills, Van Slyke will undoubtedly be the Dodgers best player on the bench this year.
Other players like Justin Turner, Alex Guerrero, Chone Figgins, and Drew Butera will populate the Dodgers’ bench but none of them possess game-changing ability like Van Slyke. For Van Slyke, he can change games with one swing of the bat, the other players would likely need multiple at-bats to become true game changers.
As a Dodgers fan, I’m confident in Van Slyke’s skills off the bench. Whenever the Dodgers find themselves in a close game, I feel extremely confident with Van Slyke pinch-hitting in clutch situations.
Just wait and see Dodger fans, Van Slyke’s skills off the bench will provide immediate dividends for the team that you love.