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Dodgers News: The Outfield Competition Continues Between Heyward, Outman, and Thompson

We all know Mookie Betts will most likely reside in the right field unless he’s playing second base a little more this season, but the question is, who will join him in the outfield?

There are a few different options right including new Dodger Jayson Heyward, LA farm product James Outman, and MLB journeyman Trayce Thompson.

The goal of Spring Training is for teams to decide where players could go in the lineup and who looks the most promising on defense. But, right now, there seems to be a pretty intense competition going on between the three players for those final spots on the roster and in the outfield this upcoming season.

In Saturday’s game the Dodgers nearly edged out the Royals winning 7-6, thanks to solo homers from both Outman and Heyward who are trying to secure that starting spot down come Opening Day. But we can’t forget about Trayce’s double in the top of the seventh to score Andy Pages giving the Dodgers the lead.

Dave Roberts spoke a little about the trio’s performance after the game:

Although Thompson and Heyward have years of MLB experience under them, something Outman doesn’t have quite yet, James spent the entire 2022 season between the minors and major leagues proving that he’s ready for whatever opportunities the 2023 season.

Ultimately the Dodgers’ manager paid the three guys lots of high praise but didn’t deliver any new updates on who will be starting in that outfield for the team’s first game of the 2023 season. For now, it’s nice to see them all producing well on offense, and shows a lot of promise for the future of the program.

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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.

One Comment

  1. Outfield
    (1) Betts (2) Thompson (3) Heyward L (4) Peralta L
    (5) JD Martinez
    (6) Freeman L (7) Martinez (8) Rojas (9) Muncy L
    (10) Chris Taylor
    (11) Smith (12) Barnes
    On the bubble
    (13) Outman L or 14 Busch L
    5 hit left handed

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