Steven Souza will have to make a big impact for the Rays

There was a lot of buzz about outfielder Steven Souza when he was coming up in the Washington Nationals farm system. However, his time has finally come to make an impact at the major league level and he will have to do so with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. The Rays basically traded away their entire offense this offseason by dealing Wil Myers, Yunel Escobar, Matt Joyce, and Ben Zobrist. The problem for Tampa Bay is that they didn’t get any proven MLB players in those trades and they didn’t even receive any top prospects either. Tampa Bay’s lineup was terrible last season and I have no reason to believe that it will be any better this season because they lost so many pieces on offense and they didn’t replace those guys. Sure, the Rays still have Evan Longoria to lead their team and he is one of the best players at his position in the MLB. However, they have no protection for him as James Loney is going to presumably be the cleanup hitter for the Rays in 2015. The big question mark for Tampa Bay will be if Steven Souza can live up to the expectations that he had when he was in the minor leagues. Souza has the power to be a very good hitter in the MLB and his defense should come along as he gets adjusted to the right field position, but he has to make an immediate impact for Tampa Bay this season. He certainly didn’t look that impressive in 23 at bats for Washington last season, although he should hit better once he gets accustomed to major league pitching. Souza was the main reason that the Rays were able to trade Wil Myers to San Diego this offseason and if Souza can’t hit well in 2015 then it will certainly be a rough season for Tampa Bay.steven souza

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