All this talk about the Dodgers' four outfielders. What about the fifth? He has feelings too.
Also a pretty decent power bat, or so the Dodgers hope.
It is outfielder
Van Slyke hit his second home run of the spring – tying him with
He's hitting only .208 this spring, but he's making the hits count. He's driven in seven runs.
And he continues to develop the kind of versatility the Dodgers demand from their bench. On Tuesday Van Slyke started in center. He can also play the corners and first base.
Which makes him an excellent bench piece, if he can hit. If he can hit with power, all the better. Last year he had six home runs in his first 55 at-bats. He finished the season with a .240 batting average, seven homers, 19 RBIs, a .465 slugging percentage and a .342 on-base percentage in 152 plate appearances.
Maybe not earth-shattering numbers, but not bad for someone the Dodgers had gotten through waivers in the off-season.
The Dodgers won the game in the ninth when Noel Cuevas, a 22-year-old outfielder from Puerto Rico who spent last season at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, hit a three-run homer off Kansas City right-hander