James Outman was selected in the seventh round (224th pick) of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
A native of Redwood City, Outman began his career at Sacramento State in 2016, according to a press release by Sac State on June 5. He played 60 games for the Hornets in each of his sophomore and junior campaigns while hitting a team-high 11 home runs both years. He hit .253 with 31 doubles, 93 RBI, and 23 stolen bases over the course of those two seasons. He ranks eighth in the program’s history with 23 career home runs.
Outman earned national attention over the summer before his junior season when he was named Perfect Game’s Summer Collegiate Player of the Year. Playing for the Bethesda Big Train, Outman took home the Cal Ripken League MVP award after nearly winning the triple crown. In 37 games for Bethesda, Outman hit .341 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.
Outman is the 12th Sacramento State player selected in the top 10 rounds and the first since outfielder Nathan Lukes was selected in the seventh round of the 2015 MLB June Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
Sacramento State has now had at least one player drafted in each of the last seven MLB drafts. At least one Hornet has been drafted or signed as a free for the last 11 years and in 15 of the last 16 seasons.