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James Outman Has Made the Dodgers Opening Day Roster, Says Dave Roberts

We did it! We did it! Dodgers fans can rejoice! On Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed to the media that outfielder James Outman will be on the team’s opening day roster. Juan Toribio of was among those to report on the news.

Outman has been incredibly impressive this spring, both with the bat and in the field. He’s remained consistent all spring, and has proven to be one of the team’s better options in the outfield.

Many Dodger fans were concerned that Outman would still, nonetheless, start the season in Triple-A. However, on Thursday, Roberts confirmed that would not be the case.

Outman will fill the team’s final roster spot, and immediately compete for at-bats and starts in a crowded outfield.

Last year, Outman burst onto the scene, hitting a home run in his first at-bat and going 6-13 before getting sent down. Then, this spring, he picked up right where he left off, and even lowered the strikeout count which likely forced him back down to the minors last year.

Outman at 25 years old is as ready as anyone for the big stage, so thankfully, Roberts has made the correct decision to have him on the opening day roster. Now, we need to start petitioning for step two, which is having Outman in the opening day lineup as the starting center fielder. But one thing at a time. Let’s take just this win for now.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

One Comment

  1. Makes perfect sense because for James to progress he needs to face major league pitching and nobody has outplayed him in the opportunities they have been given. Even if he platoons he will get plenty of at-bats. So we should stay tuned to see how well he hits major league pitching and lefties in particular. Yay James!

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