The Team of the 2010s: OF Steven Souza Jr

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Steven Souza Jr (2013) – .300/.396/.557, 77 G, 54 R, 44 RBI, 23 2B, 15 HR, 20 SB)

Various injuries kept Souza on the shelf for over two months of the season, but for 77 games the outfielder was a force to be reckoned with at the plate, on the basepaths, and in the field.

Even with limited plate appearances Souza led the team in most offensive categories including batting average, OPS, doubles, and home runs. He was tied for the team-high in stolen bases with twenty, and displayed a cannon as he registered eight outfield assists.

More importantly for the Senators, Souza became a true leader both on and off the field in a role that he would grow into as the squad chased a playoff berth.

It was Souza who changed the dynamic of the first round of the playoffs when he led off the top half of the ninth inning in a 4-4 tie. With one swing of the bat on an 0-2 count, Souza launched a homer off Erie closer Melvin Mercedes to give the Senators a 1-0 series advantage.

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