Dodgers Report: Nestor Molina
March, 5, 2012
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com
A lot has to happen before Scott Van Slyke has a chance of making the Dodgers' Opening Day roster. But that doesn't mean Van Slyke, suddenly one of the organization's top prospects, can't make a good impression on the front office and the coaching staff during his first big league camp before he heads back to the minor league side of the complex sometime in the next two or three weeks.
Van Slyke was impressive in Monday's 6-4 Cactus League win over the Chicago White Sox, slamming a two-run homer to the top level of the left-field terrace at Camelback Ranch. The shot came off White Sox right-hander Nestor Molina.
It capped a five-run outburst by the Dodgers, for whom Van Slyke, Tony Gwynn (single), Justin Sellers (double) and Ivan De Jesus (triple) combined to hit for the cycle in that sixth inning. All the members of that quartet are sons of former major league players.
Van Slyke is likely headed to Triple-A Albuquerque after erupting for 45 doubles, 20 homers and 92 RBI to go with a .348 average and .427 on-base percentage last summer at Double-A Chattanooga. Imagine what a guy with that type of power could do at high-altitude Albuquerque in the high-octane Pacific Coast League.
For now, though, all Van Slyke can do is hope to get noticed -- and remembered by general manager Ned Colletti and manager Don Mattingly.