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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||440.00||16.00||.255||55.00||59.00||24.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Toronto||19||6||2|| .409|| .684|| .316|
|vs Sanchez (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||44||12||2|| .347|| .477|| .273|
|12/26/2014||Steven Souza, RF TB|
Corey Kluber, SP CLE
Miguel Montero, C CHC
|Daniel Norris, SP TOR|
David Dahl, CF COL
Tyler Glasnow, SP PIT
Austin Hedges, C SD
|12/24/2014||Jedd Gyorko, 2B SD||Steven Souza, RF TB|
Dustin Ackley, LF SEA
|12/23/2014||Zach Lee, RP LAD|
Raul Mondesi, SS KC
|Steven Souza, RF TB|
Robert Refsnyder, 2B NYY
|Last 10 Games|
Rays RF Steven Souza not in Friday's lineup
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(4/24/15) Rays right fielder Steven Souza was held out of Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
The Rays are going against knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey on Friday and Souza is 1 for 2 in his career against Dickey. It is Souza's first game not in the starting lineup this season. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will replace Souza in Friday's game.
Manger Kevin Cash said Souza was given the day off to rest his legs, reports The Tampa Tribune.
The Rays are the favorites (-110) over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Rays torrid OF Souza set to start Thursday
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/23/15) The way Rays outfielder Steven Souza has been slugging the baseball, he certainly wouldn't want to come out of the lineup with a forearm problem. And he won't be absent when his team plays Boston on Thursday.
Souza, who is in his customary second spot in the lineup, has at least two hits in five of his last eight games. He has raised his batting average from .125 to .288 since April 12 and has four home runs since April 14.
Rays' Steven Souza Jr. injures forearm, expects to play Thursday
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(4/22/15) Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was forced to leave Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Red Sox with a right forearm cramp.
However, it does not appear to be a serious injury and Souza said, via the Tampa Bay Times, that he will be able to play on Thursday.
"Nothing crazy happened," Souza said, via MLB.com. "No need to get into too much detail on the injury or whatnot. It was just a cramp. Didn't have enough time to check it out and put me back in. So it was just a precautionary measure. Hopefully I'll be back in the lineup tomorrow."
Souza went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. He's now batting .288/.373/.577. In the first inning, Souza hit a home run, his fourth of the season.
Rays outfielder Steven Souza continues hitting tear Sunday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/19/15) Rays outfielder Steven Souza continues to be a force at the plate early in the season. Souza ripped his third home run of the year in the first inning off Michael Pineda, scoring David DeJesus. Souza credits his success to making adjustments, reports MLB.com.
"Their game plan today was pretty obvious -- they were going to come at me with breaking balls," Souza said. "And so I made an adjustment.
"He hung that one and I just barreled it up."
Souza is hitting .289 with 10 RBI in 45 at-bats so far this season.
Rays' Steven Souza cranks second homer in as many days
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/15/15) Rays right fielder Steven Souza went 2 for 5 at the plate in Tampa Bay's 12-7 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday.
Souza smacked a 3-1 pitch from Mark Buehrle to over the left field wall for a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was Souza's second consecutive game with a home run. He also ripped an RBI double to deep center field in the ninth, scoring both Rene Rivera and Tim Beckham.
"I think I'm just a little more confident in the box," Souza said after the game, per MLB.com. "Just having a little more fun and a lot less worry. Just kind of staying with my plan and just sticking to it. Not letting the surroundings affect me. The balls are just falling right now. Falling on the barrel, so I'm excited about that."
Souza is now hitting .276 with six RBI in 29 at-bats this season.
|2014 Summary: Steven Souza's biggest claim to fame in 2014 was his diving catch to end Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter on the final day of the regular season. But his bat was the story in the minors. In 357 at-bats, most of them at Triple-A Syracuse, he hit .345 with 18 homers, 28 steals and a 1.004 OPS, continuing his upward trajectory to emerge as a legitimate prospect at age 25.|
Playing time status: Of course, by the time most legitimate prospects reach age 25, they're already established at the big-league level. Souza was blocked with the Nationals by an outfield with Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span, but the Rays took a liking to him, dealing away Wil Myers this offseason to get him and a few other pieces. He should slot nicely into the hole created by Myers' departure.
2015 Outlook: Though some maturity issues held him back early in his career, Souza eventually made good on all his tools in the minors and looks poised to be a legitimate AL Rookie of the Year candidate. With patience, speed and at least 15-homer power, he figures to be a popular sleeper on Draft Day and may even creep into the middle rounds depending how his spring training goes. For now, you can target him with a late-round pick.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/27/15||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Adam Warren|
|4/28/15||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Masahiro Tanaka|
|4/29/15||@ NYY||1:05 pm||Michael Pineda|
|5/1/15||@ BAL||7:05 pm||Wei-Yin Chen|
|5/2/15||@ BAL||7:05 pm||Bud Norris|
|5/3/15||@ BAL||1:35 pm||Ubaldo Jimenez|
|5/4/15||@ BOS||7:10 pm||Clay Buchholz|