Much has been made about Cody Bellinger’ potential centerfield replacement for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have been linked to free agents such as Kevin Kiermaier and Mitch Haniger. Trayce Thompson and Chris Taylor have also been listed as options. Even Joey Gallo is a possibility. But there is one Dodgers’ prospect who could end up taking over centerfield duties and emerging as a star next season.
Dodgers fans have been requesting that the team makes prospect James Outman, who homered in his first big league at-bat last year, the everyday centerfielder in 2023. Dodgersway.com even called Outman the next Cody Bellinger. So who is James Outman and what does his ceiling look like?
Is James Outman the next Dodgers’ star?
In 473 2022 minor league at-bats, Outman slashed .294/.392/.586 with a .978 OPS and 31 home runs from the left-side of the plate. He also stole 13 bases for good measure.
Outman tallied 13 at-bats for the Dodgers at the big league level as well, going 6-13 with a home run in limited action. It should be noted that he struck out 7 times during his small MLB sample size.