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Dodgers News: James Outman Named Finalist in NL Rookie of the Year Race

One of the biggest contributors for the Dodgers this season came in the form of rookie outfielder James Outman. Outman worked his way through Spring Training to earn a starting spot on the LA roster, and he opened the season in the first lineup of the year.

It was a testament to his hard work, and Outman instantly became a fan favorite this season. He provided the Dodgers with some stability in the outfield, and he also gave them a solid bat to have in their lineup each game.

He seemed to get better as the year went on, despite some rough patches along the way. But that is normal for a rookie, and he persevered throughout.

His incredible first year in the big leagues has earned him a spot as a finalist for the National League Rookie of the Year Award, and this is a huge honor. It proves how valuable of a player he was for the Dodgers, and his ceiling is sky-high moving forward.

On the year, Outman hit .248 with 23 home runs and 70 runs batted in. He also posted an OPS of .790 on the season while learning from some of the veterans on the team.

He worked on his defensive game as the year went on as well, and manager Dave Roberts praised him for his work ethic. The rookie wants to be great, and you can see it in how he prepares each time out. It’s not always perfect, but it’s how he learns from mistakes that have been impressive to see.

The Dodgers are high on Outman, and they believe he can be their everyday outfielder again going into next season. He got plenty of playing time and experience to see what it took to make it as a big-league player, and he can use that this offseason to get even better.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.


  1. You might have said more about his defense, which was stellar and May put him over the top in the Rookie of the Year voting. Add that to his 23 home runs and you really have the makings of a star. The problem is that it will be hard to beat out the two great rookie pitchers he is up against!

    1. Corbin Carroll is not a pitcher – similar name. Corbin Carroll plays outfield for the snakes. He will win ROY as without him the snakes accomplish nothing this past season.

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