Steven Souza, Jr., Outfield, Tampa Bay Rays, #20


Date of Birth: 4/24/1989
Birthplace: Everett, Washington
Current Salary: $508,700

Steven Souza, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, was first drafted in 2007 by the Washington Nationals. He played in the Nationals' minor league system from 2007 through most of 2014, joining the Nationals for 21 games that season. In those 21 games, he had three hits, two of which were home runs.

As a minor league player from 2007 through 2014, Souza batted .260 with 659 hits, 142 doubles, 93 home runs, 158 stolen bases, 421 RBIs, and 692 strikeouts to 337 walks in 722 games. Defensively, he played all fielding positions except second base and catcher. He played 117 games at first base, 249 games at third base, 64 games at shortstop, 196 games in right field, 48 games in center field, and 2 games in left field.

Souza was traded to the Rays on December 19, 2014. He spent time on the DL in 2015 with a broken hand. He finished the season with 84 hits, 15 doubles, 16 home runs, 40 RBIs, and a .225 batting average in 110 games. As a right fielder in 103 games, he made 172 putouts and 2 errors.

In 2016, Souza batted .247 in 120 games with the Rays. He finished the season with 106 hits, 17 doubles, 17 home runs, and 49 RBIs. Defensively, as the Rays' right fielder in 111 games, he made 226 putouts and 3 errors.

Career batting statistics for Souza through 2016 include:

  • 251 games played
  • 193 hits
  • 91 RBIs
  • 310 strikeouts to 80 walks
  • .234 ERA

Career fielding statistics for Souza as a right fielder through 2016 include:

  • 222 games played
  • 404 putouts
  • 5 errors
  • .988 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
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