Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect James Outman is developing well with the Low-A Great Lakes Loons, the Midwest League affiliate of the Dodgers. Outman, who has transitioned to center field from right field since being drafted by the Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2018 draft is happy with the progress he has made so far in pro ball.
“I’m developing well in the outfield,” stated Outman. “I’m learning a lot of things. I’ve been playing center since I was drafted, and I’m learning the position, and getting more reps. I feel I’m getting better every day.”
And his hard work at center is showing, as Outman has logged 789 innings at the position; where he has maintained a .983 fielding percentage, while taken part in three double plays, and assisting on another 10 plays.
But, Outman is doing more than working hard in the field, as he is also improving in the batter’s box. And for Outman, that’s what he expected going into his first full season, where he’ll see 400-plus at-bats in 2019.
“I think your approach gets better, the more at-bats you get,” said Outman. “You get four or five a game in pro ball, and end the season with 400 to 500 at-bats, so it’s getting better.”
Outman has recorded 250 at-bats so far in 2019, and he currently has a .224/.316/.336 slash line. With 56 hits on the season, the prospect has notched 16 extra base hits, which has included nine doubles, two triples, and five home runs for the Loons.
But it’s more than the great numbers that Outman likes best about playing for the Great Lakes Loons – it’s the opportunity to play for manager John Shoemaker, a Dodgers legend that standouts the most for Outman.
“My favorite thing about Great Lakes is our manager John Shoemaker,” explained Outman. “He’s a Dodgers legend. He keeps things relaxed, and we work hard and get our work done. John is very professional with his approach, and that’s my favorite thing about being here.”
Fans will definitely want to follow James Outman’s progress with Great Lakes this season.