From the Humboldt Crabs to the Major Leagues, outfielder James Outman got the news this week that he will be on the Los Angeles Dodgers opening day roster this year.
Outman spent one summer with the Crabs in 2016 and since then has gradually worked his way up to the biggest stage of all.
And he’ll play for one of the favorites for this year’s World Series.
“I was expecting to cry or something, but I didn’t,” Outman said on MLB.com. “I was kind of like ‘Whoa.’ It was pretty surreal. Kind of felt like a dream, like did that really just happen?”
Outman has come close to making the opening-day roster in the past, but sealed the deal this spring after a strong showing in the Cactus League in recent weeks.
He came into Friday’s game against Milwaukee with an .866 OPS (On-base Plus Slugging) in 41 at-bats this spring.
“Two years ago, I saw him in Spring Training, and I just saw the way he moved out in center field,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on MLB.com. “I saw the power. I saw the physicality. And then, getting to know him, love the head, and then he went out and performed.”
Outman went 6-for-13 in his first appearance in the Majors last season, including a home run in his first at-bat in a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.
The Redwood City native played collegiately for Ferndale’s Reggie Christiansen at Sacramento State and played one summer at the Arcata Ball Park.
The Dodgers, who open the 2023 season at the Oakland A’s on March 30, are the third favorites to win this year’s World Series, according to Pointsbet, trailing only the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
“I just want to be ready whenever my name is called,” Outman said on MLB.com.
The Humboldt Crabs open the summer season against the Novato Knicks on June 2.
Categories: baseball, Humboldt Crabs
Interesting, maybe he is the lucky gemstone on the roster…
LA is over-rated and falters once playoffs begin…The manager is an analytic fool with no gut feel for the game…
Dodgers went woke, but not gonna go broke since baseball is King in LA for all sports after soccer…
…realisticly, LA will not just win the division imho, and likely end with a nearish meddling .500 win %…