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Steven Souza | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Steven Souza had another excellent game Wednesday, delivering a homer and a two-run double against the Blue Jays.
Souza struggled all spring and the first week of the season, but now he's gone 5-for-10 with two homers the last two days. He's not going to hit for average while striking out so much, but he could collect 20 homers and 20 steals as a rookie. Apr 15 - 11:07 PM

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Steven Souza had a terrific night in a win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base.

Souza hit a mammoth home run to center field in the first inning. In the eighth, he singled, stole second and advanced to third on Russell Martin's throwing error, then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Tuesday marked Souza's first multi-hit game of the season, as he entered the game hitting just .158.
Apr 14 - 10:26 PM

Steven Souza is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Souza is getting a breather after a 2-for-15 start at the dish. David DeJesus is starting in left field Sunday.
Apr 12 - 10:16 AM

Steven Souza went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.

Souza attempted to steal after drawing a two-out walk in the seventh inning, but was caught by catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Souza, the Rays' prize in the three-way Wil Myers trade, has the potential to provide plenty of mixed league value with both power and speed, particularly if he continues to bat near the top of the Rays' lineup.
Apr 8 - 10:26 PM

Steven Souza is batting second for the Rays in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest.

In a lineup that looks to be what the Rays will use during the regular season against right-handed pitching, Souza is following John Jaso and hitting in front of Asdrubal Cabrera. If he remains in that spot throughout the season, it should do wonders for his fantasy value, providing ample counting stats to go with his intriguing blend of power and speed.
Apr 4 - 8:49 AM

Steven Souza went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday, dropping his average to .121.

Souza, bothered by a sore right forearm in recent days, is just 4-for-33 this spring. He's fanned 11 times and walked just once. Since March 7, he has two hits, both of them homers. If this keeps up, the Rays will have to weigh sending Souza down to begin the year. Such a move would open up playing time for David DeJesus, a player the team would still like to trade.
Mar 25 - 5:29 PM

Steven Souza's arm is "fine," per the Rays.

Souza has been bothered by some right forearm tightness since last Friday and he took a pitch off that same arm in Monday's Grapefruit League game, but these are all minor issues. He underwent an MRI this weekend that turned up clean and he remains an intriguing fantasy sleeper for the 2015 season. Souza, 25, hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 96 games last year at Triple-A.
Mar 23 - 3:24 PM

Steven Souza left Monday's Grapefruit League game after taking a pitch off his right arm.

It's the same arm that has been causing Souza discomfort since late last week. He had an MRI over the weekend that came back clean, but the Rays might now send him for X-rays to see whether the HBP caused any new damage. Souza is one of our favorite sleepers for the 2015 fantasy baseball season. He batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 96 games last year at Triple-A.
Mar 23 - 2:58 PM

Steven Souza (arm) is back in the Rays' Grapefruit League lineup on Monday afternoon.

Souza wasn't expected to return until Wednesday, but he apparently felt great during batting practice Sunday. An MRI taken this weekend showed no structural damage in his right forearm, which tightened up on him Friday during a game. The 25-year-old outfielder is one of our favorite fantasy sleepers for the 2015 season.
Mar 23 - 8:58 AM

Steven Souza (arm) won't play in Grapefruit League games until after the Rays' off day Tuesday.

Souza left Friday's game with forearm tightness after suffering a cramp diving for a ball. He will take batting practice Sunday, but Rays manager Kevin Cash said the team wants to be cautious with the outfielder. An MRI came back clean, so Souza should be fine in a few days.
Mar 22 - 8:42 AM

An MRI on Steven Souza's right forearm came back clean.

Souza felt tightness while attempting a diving catch during Friday's game, but he's fine. Expect him to return to action over the weekend.
Mar 20 - 5:07 PM

Steven Souza is undergoing a precautionary MRI after leaving Friday's game versus the Blue Jays with right forearm tightness.

Souza injured his arm while attempting a diving catch. That he initially stayed in the game and the Rays are calling the exam precautionary suggests there shouldn't be too much worry yet, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says. Souza has breakout potential in 2015.
Mar 20 - 3:28 PM

Steven Souza hit a three-run homer off Ricky Nolasco as part of the Rays' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday.

Souza is just 4-for-27, but he has two homers and a double in his nine games this spring. He'd probably have to keep slumping for another week to 10 days before the Rays give much thought to sending him down to begin the year.
Mar 19 - 5:12 PM

Steven Souza hit his first homer of the spring Thursday of the Jays' Marco Estrada.

Souza is 3-for-14 with five strikeouts in the early going. The Rays acquired him with the idea of making him a starting outfielder right away, though they could go in a different direction if he has a rough spring.
Mar 12 - 5:50 PM

Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

The Rays are gambling that they're not going to see much, if any, of a fall-off in production in right field in going from Myers to Souza. A late bloomer, Souza batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 96 Triple-A games last season. Many aren't as high on him as the Rays apparently are, but he definitely holds sleeper appeal from a fantasy perspective.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Steve Geltz
8Jose Dominguez
9C.J. Riefenhauser
10Brandon Gomes