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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 crushed a leadoff home run off Anibal Sanchez on Friday, sparking the Rays' offense in a 7-5 victory over the Tigers.
Souza, hitting out of the leadoff spot with Brandon Guyer getting a day off, certainly made the most of the opportunity. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk and was also caught stealing. Souza was also drilled by a pitch on his wrist in his final plate appearance, which will be something to monitor as he'll likely head for X-rays. May 20 - 11:04 PM

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Steven Souza went 2-for-4 with a bloop RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Athletics.

Souza also struck out twice. He has now struck out in 38 percent of his plate appearances this season. Only the Tigers’ Justin Upton has done so more often. He’s hitting .261 in spite of that, but his average will almost certainly go down unless he begins to make more consistent contact.
May 14 - 1:02 AM

Steven Souza had a nice night in his return to the Rays lineup on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Souza also drew a walk, reaching base safely in three of his four plate appearances. He was forced to leave Wednesday's game due to a pectoral spasm, but it doesn't look as though the injury will be an issue going forward. With the two-hit night, Souza is now hitting .267/.323/.523 with six homers, 12 RBI and a stolen base through his first 93 plate appearances.
May 7 - 8:22 AM

Steven Souza exited Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with a pectoral spasm.

Souza whacked a solo home run in the fourth inning for his lone hit in two at-bats. The pectoral issue raised its ugly head several innings later and he was replaced in center field by Kevin Kiermaier in the seventh inning. Per the Rays, Souza's injury is not considered major.
May 4 - 9:37 PM

Steven Souza is batting fifth for the third straight game on Sunday.

Souza has been hitting seventh this season for the Rays, but manager Kevin Cash said the outfielder has earned a move up in the lineup. "He’s swinging the bat well," Cash said. "Just like the way he’s going about his business right now. Like we did with mixing it up with (Logan Morrison) and (Brad) Miller, a different spot, different look for somebody to see if that triggers something." Souza sports a .274/.329/.521 batting line with five homers and one stolen base so far this season. Cash said that Souza could remain in the fifth spot for a while if he continues to produce.
May 1 - 1:45 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Matt Andriese
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Alex Colome
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Steve Geltz
7Dana Eveland
8Erasmo Ramirez