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How is James Outman Doing Since Being Demoted by Dodgers?

When the Los Angeles Dodgers demoted outfielder James Outman on May 17, he struggled to break out of the infamous sophomore slump.

After 10 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Outman has found his swing and tearing up minor league pitching. Through 10 games, he has 14 hits with two doubles and three home runs. He has scored 11 runs and driven in eight. He has also walked 10 times while striking out 14 times in 36 at-bats.

His stats are unrecognizable considering how poorly his first 36 games of the big league season were with only 16 hits and a measly .147 batting average. He has four doubles, three homers, 10 RBIs, and 10 runs scored in 109 at-bats. The biggest difference has to be his 40 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Outman apparently needed time to find his confidence because he is playing lights out for Oklahoma City. He went off on Friday night going 4-for-6 with four RBIs, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 13-for-29. Over his first 10 games with OKC, Outman has reached base in 27 of 49 plate appearances.

He has had several multi-hit games including a three-hit outing on Thursday. To put that into perspective, he has only had two multi-hit games in the majors this season with two hits in each outing.

So, to answer the question in the headline. Outman is doing very well and if he keeps it up, the Dodgers will see him back in the big leagues this season.

Photo Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.


    1. He didn’t fall down in Los Angeles last season. He struggled in 36 games so just cool your jets.

  1. That appears to be a .550 On Base Percentage over 10 games. Hard to say what the slugging percentage is from this article, but the numbers are unreal and can’t last, but are more than encouraging. What accounts for his failure in the show this year and his superhuman stats at OKC? No injury issue. Pitchers in AAA don’t know what his weaknesses are. I guess eventually he will be back up when the Dodgers have the next position player injury. Maybe always a star at AAA and not successful at MLB, or maybe he will get it together in the show.

  2. He still has a very high strikeout rate. In 109 at bats in the bigs he struck out 40 times. In 36 at bats in AAA he has struck out 14. That would be 42.39 times over that same 109 at bats. He’ll need to work on bringing that down.

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