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Steven Souza | Outfielder | #20

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 3 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Steven Souza struck for two home runs in the Rays' rout of the Yankees on Sunday.
Souza hit a two-run shot in the top of the first inning off Yankees starter Michael Pineda, sparking a five-run opening frame for the visiting team. He got Pineda again in the top of the fifth, this time a solo shot. Souza finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and is now batting .291/.339/.600 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 15 total games this season. If he can stay healthy, he has all the ingredients for a breakout. Apr 24 - 4:29 PM

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Steven Souza went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in the Rays' win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Souza was held out of Sunday's series finale against the White Sox and Monday's series opener versus Boston after jamming his finger late Saturday. The young slugger watched his early-season OPS fall from .922 to .806 in just five at-bats Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Apr 20 - 8:53 AM

Steven Souza was held out Sunday after jamming his finger in the eighth inning Saturday.

Brandon Guyer started in right field and Logan Morrison served as the Rays' designated hitter against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. Souza is considered day-to-day. He should start against all left-handed starters (and most righties) when he is healthy. The 26-year-old boasts a .922 OPS, three home runs, and six RBI in 10 games.
Apr 18 - 12:59 PM

Steven Souza looked lost at the plate on Friday, striking out in all three of his at-bats against Chris Sale as the Rays were shutout by the White Sox.

To be fair, Sale was in dominant form on Friday, allowing just a pair of singles in the ballgame. While Souza has hit the ball hard at times in the early going, his 13/2 K/BB ratio through 32 plate appearances is definitely concerning. His combination of power and speed remains interesting in mixed leagues, but unless the contact rate improves, expect a poor batting average.
Apr 15 - 9:42 PM

Steven Souza is not in the Rays' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Indians.

Brandon Guyer will start in right field and bat seventh versus Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Souza, a right-handed hitter, is slashing .333/.360/.750 with three home runs and five RBI in seven games this year.
Apr 13 - 3:22 PM

Steven Souza delivered four hits including the go-ahead homer Wednesday in a win over the Blue Jays.

It was only the second four-hit game of his career. Souza homered twice Wednesday -- once in the sixth inning off J.A. Happ and again in the eighth off Arnold Leon. Both were crushed to straightaway center field. To say Souza is off to a good start would be an understatement. Through four games, he is 6-for-15 with three homers and a 1.067 slugging percentage. That won’t last, but Souza did show some nice pop last season (16 homers in 373 at-bats) while healthy and he’s also a sneaky-good base stealer with 12 thefts in 134 career games. There’s major post-hype sleeper potential here.
Apr 6 - 4:08 PM

Steven Souza smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Souza got a knuckleball up in the zone from R.A. Dickey in the second inning and powered it over the right-field wall. It was his lone hit on the day. Souza flashed some power and speed last season but was injured a lot and ultimately disappointed. However, the intriguing set of tools is still there and he could break out if he can stay on the field.
Apr 4 - 10:18 PM

Steven Souza hit a grand slam off Orioles lefty T.J. McFarland in Sunday's game.

Barring an injury, it looks like the Rays will be choosing between Souza and James Loney each time they face a right-hander in the early going. The outfield defense would be stronger with Souza in right field and Chris Dickerson DHing, but the infield defense is better with Loney at first base and Logan Morrison DHing, complicating things. Really, it should mostly come down to how Souza hits. The Rays want him to turn into a quality regular -- they picked him over Trea Turner and Joe Ross in the Wil Myers trade -- but he was merely average as a 26-year-old rookie in 2015. He's 3-for-20 this spring.
Mar 20 - 4:31 PM

Steven Souza made his spring debut Wednesday against the Jays by going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Souza has been held back by a strained intercostal muscle. He needs a strong spring to ensure that he enters the season as a regular.
Mar 9 - 4:14 PM

Steven Souza (intercostal) will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Souza missed the first week of games with an intercostal strain. He'll play right field and bat second. The other outfield spots will be filled by Corey Dickerson (left) and Brandon Guyer (center).
Mar 9 - 8:57 AM

Steven Souza (intercostal) could make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday.

Souza has been battling a left intercostal strain for two weeks but took batting practice on the field for the third straight day Tuesday. He also did some hitting indoors for each of the previous two days before that. Rays manager Kevin Cash wouldn't commit to Souza playing Wednesday, saying "it's tough to say that until he passes all of the training staff's progressive steps." Either way, it sounds like the outfielder will be back in games any day now.
Mar 8 - 6:24 PM

Steven Souza (intercostal) made it through outfield drills and was able to take his first round of batting practice on Friday without any issues.

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated that Souza "swung the bat really well" during that session. He's making nice strides toward a return to game action and is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut next week.
Mar 5 - 8:12 AM

Steven Souza (intercostal) is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10 or 11.

Souza was slated to take batting practice Friday for the first time since suffering an intercostal strain early on in camp. He should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks, but the Rays will proceed cautiously with the outfielder.
Mar 4 - 12:11 PM

Steven Souza (intercostal) took swings off a tee and from flips on Tuesday.

Souza was shut down early on in Rays' camp due to an intercostal strain, but he didn't have any issues on Tuesday. He appears on track to make his spring debut next week.
Mar 2 - 10:43 AM

Steven Souza (intercostal) expects to begin playing in Grapefruit League games next week.

Souza was shut down shortly after arriving to Rays camp due to an intercostal strain, but he's been making progress on the side and still has plenty of time to get properly conditioned before Opening Day. Souza suffered the injury while taking hacks in a batting cage. He should resume swinging a bat later this week, and that will be the big test of his readiness for Grapefruit League play. He took some swings in a pool on Sunday and felt fine.
Feb 29 - 8:56 AM

Depth Charts

C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2Steve Pearce
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Alex Colome
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Steve Geltz
7Dana Eveland
8Jhan Marinez