In the place where former MVP Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs) was sent, a large sprout grew. Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder James Outman (26)’s high-flying streak is unusual.
Outman started as center fielder 8 times in an interleague home game against the 2023 Major League Minnesota Twins held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 18th (hereinafter Korean time), with 2 hits (1 home run) and 4 RBIs in 4 at-bats for the team. won 7-3.
In the first at-bat in the second inning, Outman recovered with a fly ball in right field, and in the fourth inning, where the score was 1-1, Outman took the lead and reported a hit for the first time in six games since the game against Milwaukee on the 11th with an infield hit. Afterwards, following the steal of second base, he hit home when Mookie Betts’ heavy hit and broke the balance of 1-1. In the third at-bat in the sixth inning, he struck out on a foul tip.
The highlight was the last at-bat. 7th inning with 3-3, 2 outs and a chance to load the bases. As Outman appeared, he attacked Emilio Pagan’s first pitch, a 95.5 mile (153 km) four-seam fastball, and connected it to a mid-month reversal grand slam. On the 8th, after the match against San Diego, he decorated his ninth home run of the season, which came after 9 games, with a grand finale home run. Outman also hit the grand final home run against the Chicago Cubs on the 21st of last month.
The Dodgers made the decision to release main center fielder Cody Bellinger as a non-tender ahead of the 2023 season. Bellinger is the star of the team that won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2017 and MVP in 2019. It was a decision he made due to a series of injuries and sluggishness, but it was also true that there were great concerns about his vacancy. The released Bellinger wore a Cubs uniform for $17.5 million a year.
In the meantime, a man who erased the gap of Bellinger from the inside, not from outside, appeared. Outman, a belated rookie who was nominated by the Dodgers with the 224th pick in the 7th round of the 2018 rookie draft, is the main character.
After 5 years of minor league life, Outman made his thrilling big league debut against Colorado on August 1 of last year, going 4 at bats with 3 hits (1 home run) and 3 RBIs. That’s how he left a short but strong impression last year with a batting average of .462, 1 home run and 3 RBIs in 4 games, and in the first full-time season of this year, a rookie with a batting average of 2.64, 9 home runs, 27 RBIs, 28 runs, OPS .903 in 44 games. He is showing off unmatched firepower. 토토사이트
Outman, who has already hit 9 home runs, including two grand slams, is also entering the competition for rookie of the year. On the 18th, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, ranked Outman as the 4th hottest rookie after the opening and said, “Recently, he has shown a slow pace, but he is still playing at a very high level. I am a little concerned about his strikeout rate, but it is not at a level to be concerned about yet.”