James Outman was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August, making him one of two Los Angeles Dodgers players to be honored after the club had a historic month.
It’s the second time this season Outman earned the honor after also taking home Rookie of the Month for April.
Outman is one of nine Dodgers rookies to ever win the award, joining Kazuhisa Ishii (April 2002), James Loney (September 2007), Blake DeWitt (May 2008), Dee Strange-Gordon (September 2011), Yasiel Puig (June 2013), Alex Guerrero (April 2015), Corey Seager (June 2016) and Cody Bellinger (May and June 2017).
Outman hit .277/.408/.482, going 23-for-83 with five home runs, 15 RBI, two doubles, 16 walks, 17 runs scored and two stolen bases.
The 26-year-old led NL rookies in on-base percentage and walks, tied for the lead in home runs and on-base plus slugging (.890), ranked second in batting average and slugging, tied for second in RBI and tied for third in runs scored.
Outman recorded multiple hit games four times, with his first coming on August 7 against the San Diego Padres, and also reached base a total of five times for the second time in his career.
Outman homered on August 27 against the Boston Red Sox, and followed Jason Heyward the next day with back-to-back long balls against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It marked the second time in his career he had homered in consecutive days.
A seventh-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, Outman had a career-high six-game hitting streak from August 27 to September 1. During that time, he went 6-for-18 (.333) with one homer, two RBI, three walks and three runs scored.
Others players who received votes for NL Rookie of the Month included Javier Assad of the Chicago Cubs, Nolan Jones and Ezequiel Tovar of the Colorado Rockies, Corbin Carroll of the Diamondbacks, Kodai Senga of the New York Mets, and Patrick Bailey of the San Francisco Giants.
Mookie Betts joins James Outman in NL honors
Mookie Betts had a historic August and it culminated with being named National League Player of the Month. Betts previously won NL Player of the Week for August 21-27.
Overall, it’s just the second time in Betts’ career that he’s received the honor. The first was American League Player of the Month in July 2016.
Betts hit .455/.516/.839 with 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 30 RBI, a .562 wOBA and 265 wRC+ while appearing in 28 of the Dodgers’ 29 games during August. He set Los Angeles franchise records with 35 runs scored and 51 total hits.
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