Before the baseball world shutdown, there were a slew of changes to the Dodgers 40-man roster. Quite a few familiar faces for the Dodgers are gone, but there’s some new ones too. Outfielder James Outman is happy to be one of the new guys.
Outman was added to the 40-man roster in mid-November. The Dodgers drafted Outman in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Like many minor leaguers, Outman didn’t have the opportunity to play minor league baseball in 2020.
The former Cal. State-Sacramento Hornet appeared on AM570’s Dodger Talk with David Vassegh this week. Outman revealed how he stayed locked in during the COVID shutdown.
“I was trying to be as creative as I could. We were going to a family friend’s backyard and sweeping out the cage that hadn’t been used in ten years. Firing up the pitching machine, hitting in there when I could. Going to local parks and hitting in their cages. Driving out to Sacramento and hitting there. I was just trying to stay creative in whatever I could do.”
Safe to say, his hard work and creativity paid off. Outman was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League this year. He flourished as a member of the Glendale Desert Dogs. Outman slashed .284/.422/.552. For those of you doing the math at home, that’s a .974 OPS.
The athletic Outman profiles as a power hitter with 20/20 upside and as a plus-glove. He clearly has the work ethic to make it to the MLB one day.
He’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Even if it means cleaning out a backyard.