Flying Under the Radar: Steven Souza

May 11, 2009 at 3:39 am (Sports)

Washington Nationals
Souza, a Nationals third round pick in 2007, has a speed/power combination that few can contend with…but why is no none talking about him? As a 19 year old last year, Souza held his own on Class A (Hagerstown) posting a .741 OPS (2 HR, and 8 SB in 23 games) but was sent down to Short-Season ball due to to poor defense. Souza was on a role in Vermont (The Nationals SS affiliate), even earning NYP player of the week honors in late June. Steven then missed a good amount of time due to a broken hamate bone in his wrist caused by a bean ball…Even after a good amount of recovery time, Souza still seemed off, ending the year on a massive down note (batted .189 on the year)….Despite his injury woes, Souza still showed potential stealing 22 bases while vastly improving his defense at third base. Although most have forgotten about Steven (especially due to his slow start to the 2009 season), he has been showing signs of living up to the massive potential the Nationals saw in him during the ’07 draft….Over the past 10 games, Souza has batted .412 with 1 HR and 3 doubles. It is my opinion that it is just a matter of time before this kid starts catching scouts eyes again!

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1 Comment

  1. Robert said,

    I think it just a matter of time before the Nationals are so far out of first place that they start giving everyone a chance. Forget September, bring them all up next month.

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