James Outman got a glimpse of the major leagues last summer in Los Angeles, playing four games with the Dodgers.
After being sent back down to Triple-A, he now knows what it takes to play in the majors. Now that the 25-year-old has a little bit of big league experience under his belt, Outman shared on AM570 that he is steadily focused on improving his skills this offseason.
“(This) offseason, I’m just trying to get better. I’m trying to get stronger and faster, and I’m just trying to treat everything the same. I don’t want to focus on what’s out of my control. I’m just trying to be the best player that I can be.”
Although there are potential roles available for Outman to join the Dodgers again, the 25-year-old is simply focused on doing his job well at any level whether that be minor league or the majors:
“I just want to I just want to be ready to go for whatever they assign me to. You know, there’s guys a whole lot smarter than me, making those decisions. So I’ll just I’ll trust what they decide.”
In 16 plate appearances with Los Angeles, the outfielder homered in his first at-bat, and posted a 1.409 OPS.
Looking at current options, there may very well be a potential role for Outman in Los Angeles after Chris Taylor, Trayce Thompson, Jason Heyward, and four other center-fielders signed to minor-league deals this offseason.
Though the outfielder is taking each opportunity as they come, he is consistently working on his game, so that he is prepared whenever the time comes.
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