James Outman had a very unique 2022 season with his debut season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Outman was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in November. He started the year at Double-A Tulsa. On June 29, Outman was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
On July 31, Outman made his major league debut in Denver against the Rockies. I was lucky enough to sit right above the Dodgers bullpen. I consider myself pretty smart, but sometimes I’m puzzled by the concept of time zones. On this particular muggy day in Denver, I showed up two hours early. I spent that time wandering around the arena before returning to my seat to watch Tony Gonsolin warm up. Then I spotted James Outman warming up in the outfield.
Before I started playing, I had hopes that he would start that day. By the time we were seated after lunch, we knew he was going to be in the starting lineup. He wished Out Man had a day. I had a dream the night before Outman hit a home run in his first at bat on the first pitch. I’m wrong – I got it three pitch.
If Outman had just hit a home run, his debut would already be memorable. But Outman continued to hit and develop the odds that will define his 2022 season at the major league level.
If James Outman puts the ball in with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022, it will be a hit. Otherwise he will be struck out. Outman was literally 2-1 in 4 games played at the major league level.
Outman appeared in three of four games in San Francisco after playing the finale of the Rockies series, which was also the finale of his visit to Denver in 2022. He didn’t originally plan to go to any games in San Francisco, but after Vin Scully’s death and entering service, it felt important to me to attend the next Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco. So I went there on the 3rd of August and once again there was James Outman.
After a game in San Francisco on August 4, he was selected again to Oklahoma City to stay for the rest of the year. James Outman had two hits in four games at the end of August.
Outman has not been selected for the postseason roster or September call-up, but will be part of the club’s plans for 2023 and beyond.
Stats: .462/.563/.846, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1.409 OPS, 288 wRC+ from the Dodgers; In Minors: .294/.393/.586, 31 HR, 31 doubles, 106 RBI, 13 SB, 70 BB, 152 K
game of the year
By definition, Outman’s Game of the Year was his debut in Denver on July 31. Joe Davis has one of the most memorable home runs of the year with this one. What is the most exciting debut since Yasiel Puig? I think so.
Outman is on a 40-man roster, under team control, and has six days of service in the major leagues. Outman has two years left and will maintain his rookie status in 2023.