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Dodgers News: James Outman Shares A Little About His Spring Performances So Far

James Outman has been the name to remember for what seems like the past six months. From his iconic first major league at-bat to his impressive stint in this year’s Spring Training, it seems like the guy should be locked in for the 2023 season right?

Not quite. With Mookie Betts still holding down the right field spot, that leaves only two spots left to fill and about four guys fighting for them.

Those three other guys are Trayce Thomspon, David Peralta, and Jason Heyward who all have multiple years of experience playing in the major leagues whereas Outman only has 4 major league games under his belt after making his debut last summer.

But the lack of MLB experience hasn’t stopped him from showing out.

Just across Spring Training alone, he’s scored three runs on six hits including a solo homer on Saturday and has picked up four RBI across seven games. He’s currently slashing .462/ .529/ .846 with a 1.375 OPS across his 13 at-bats this far.

After Sunday’s game where he hit a triple to score the go-ahead run in the second inning, James Outman shared a little about how Spring has been going for him so far:

This is now the second game in a row where Outman has produced a crucial hit to help the Dodgers to a win. Maybe this is a sign that he deserves a starting spot out there in left field. But nothing is for certain just yet and from what Outman shared in his post-game interview there doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut answer for who will be in the outfield come Opening Day.

Ultimately, James Outman has been fun to watch whether it’s in The Show, down with the Triple-AAA team, or during the Dodgers’ Spring Training. But will it be enough to earn him that starting spot in the lineup?

What do you think Dodger fans? Share in the comments who you think should be in the outfield on March 30th?

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Kristilyn Hetherington

Kristilyn is a student at Azusa Pacific University pursuing a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration on sports. She worked for her high school newspaper as Editor in Chief for three years and has been working here since July 2022. She also works for the Sports Information Office at her college and has served as a Student-Athlete Representative for the Student Government at APU. She was recently inducted into the National Journalism Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha, and has written a few pieces for the school newspaper and magazine. She's an avid sports lover and is excited to continue growing and learning in this field.

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