Former Crabs player in elite company after breakout MLB season

Former Humboldt Crabs player James Outman is enjoying an outstanding breakout debut season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and he’s not done yet.

The starting center fielder has displayed his power and speed on his way to 15 home runs and 14 stolen bases, becoming one of just five Dodgers players ever to achieve the feat.

Outman, who homered on his first ever MLB at-bat in 2022, earned a roster spot this past spring and has not disappointed.

He started the season on fire on his way to winning the Rookie of the Month award for April.

The 26-year-old, who also played for Ferndale native Reggie Christiansen at Sacramento State, joins Cody Bellinger (2017), Yasiel Puig (2013), Raul Mondesi (1994) and Billy Garbarkewitz (1970) as the only Dodgers player to hit at least 15 home runs and steal at least 10 bases in a single season.

And he’s getting better as the season progresses.

Since the All-Star break, the former Crabs star has a .450 on-base percentage, which is third best in the Majors, behind only Freddie Freeman and Shohei Ohtani.

And it might get better still for Outman and his teammates, who hold an 11.5 game lead in the NL West and are one of the favorites to win the 2023 World Series.

Outman played for the Crabs in the summer of 2016 and is batting .250 for the Dodgers this season.

In addition to his 15 home runs, Outman also has hit three triples.

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