3 under-the-radar Dodgers players off to a good start in 2023
By Drew Koch
1. Dodgers OF James Outman has gotten off to a good start.
James Outman had a cup of coffee last season, appearing in just four games. But the talent was obviously there. Even in a small sample size, Outman posted a 1.409 OPS and six hits in 13 at-bats. Three of those went for extra bases.
It might be a bit of an exaggeration to call Outman under-the-radar, as he is one of the Dodgers' top prospects, but it's doubtful that many thought the 25-year-old would get off to this type of start during his rookie season.
Outman is second only to the aforementioned Trayce Thompson in OPS. His three home runs are tied for third on the team, and his .684 slugging percentage trails only Thompson and Jason Heyward.
James Outman leads all National League rookies in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS. It's early, but I'm not sure many pundits and experts saw this one coming. After such a quick start, Outman won't stay under the radar for very long.
While these under-the-radar players have been a pleasant surprise to begin the 2023, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to need players like Miguel Rojas, Chris Taylor, and Noah Syndergaard to play up to their potential as the season moves into the summer.