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Dodgers News: James Outman Sets New Franchise Mark for Rookies

One of the biggest questions that surrounded the Dodgers entering the season was how their young guys would hold up over the course of a long year. Any player can come up, and make some noise for a short time. But it’s the guys who can build on the longevity that show they can last in the big leagues.

Rookie outfielder James Outman was a highly talked about player entering the season, and he hasn’t disappointed at all. He has been great for the Dodgers, and it has helped them find their footing in a year where they were supposed to take a step back. 

Outman made some franchise history recently, becoming the first rookie in Dodgers history to have at least 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases. He also became the 10th rookie in LA history to reach the 20-home run spot.

For the season, Outman is hitting .248 with 20 home runs and 65 runs batted in. He has gained more confidence as the season has gone on, and you can see it in how he approaches at-bats now compared to early in the year.

Outman has stabilized the outfield for this team this year, and he should continue to be one of their main pieces going forward. He has shown a willingness to learn from any mistakes, and that is a great thing for a young player.

As the playoffs are getting set to start soon, this will be the time for Outman to show what he can really do. The postseason separates the good players from the greats, and Outman has all the potential to be great. 

LA will be counting on him to really step up this October if they want any chance to win another World Series. It’s going to be very interesting to see how he performs when the lights are brightest, and it’ll be fun to watch play out.

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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.

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