Steven Souza Houston Astros

Age: 32 (April 24, 1989) | 6' 4" | 225lbs. | Bats: Right OF-9 LF-3 RF-6 DH-1 PH-7 PR-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TAM AL 2016 120 430 58 106 31 159 17 1 17 49 7 6 .247 .303 .409 7 34 .348 41/25/34 13 13
TAM AL 2017 148 523 78 125 84 179 21 2 30 78 16 4 .239 .351 .459 14 29 .302 45/21/34 22 20
ARI A+ 2018 2 9 1 3 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .400 .444 10 40 .600 n/a
ARI AAA 2018 4 16 5 7 2 3 0 2 3 6 2 0 .438 .500 1.25 11 17 .400 n/a
ARI NL 2018 72 241 21 53 28 75 15 3 5 29 6 1 .220 .309 .369 10 28 .298 37/24/39 5 5
CHC NL 2020 11 27 3 4 4 15 2 0 1 5 1 0 .148 .258 .333 13 48 .273 25/25/50 1 1
CHC NL 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a 0 0
Career 7yrs 482 1617 221 375 196 579 70 7 71 203 42 17 .232 .322 .416 11 32 .313 n/a
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Syd, would love to hear your rationale for moving to that split. It of course depends on how the league values players.

As to DH in NL, I agree with Howard. But I can see it both ways, the fact that the NL didnt have a DH made it different baseball, not better not worse. Different is fun to me. 

carter carter GypsySoul
Aug 15 '20

Yes, but you are adding 1 more hitter per team in the NL. There are now 135 regular hitters in the 15 team NL instead of 120 to spend that allocation. I will likely still spend 67% on hitters but can spread it around differently. This is why I believe it would devalue a hitter. It's like when you play with 10 or 11 teams instead of 12, the abundance of available stats devalues salaries. The DH effect on salary may or may not be minor.

Last year, as an experiment, I allocated 50-50 to hitting and pitching and finished second. I may have pulled off the win but for lack of steals. 

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Jun 27 '20

I believe if you play in an AL or NL-only, it should have no effect, if you believe in AP methodology.  If you spent 67% on hitting before, there is no reason to change because the categories haven't changed.  

In mixed leagues, it should decrease the value of NL starters with earnings shifting a little to AL starters.

I'm curious to hear from others.

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Jun 27 '20

Does the DH increase the value of pitchers by devaluing hitters? I think it does.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Jun 26 '20

I stopped watching my childhood team and the AL in general when they put in the DH.

I think this will actually make NL-only better since it will add depth to the hitting pool.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jun 26 '20

Just another change to deal with ... in general, change is good ... or at least better than one's first reaction might suggest ... I'm a life-long NL-er and therefore have been staunch anti-DH-er ... and now ... not so much ... I guess the "experiment" in the AL can be thought to have "proved" that the DH did not "destroy baseball" ... so ... let's move on ... and hope that Josh Naylor gets into the HoF as the best DH of all-time :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jun 25 '20

It was always out there as a possibility, but the timing of it is what makes it a real fantasy wildcard.  It is something that always struck me as would be announced at last a year in advance.

John Thomas Roll2
Jun 25 '20

Are people who play in NL-onlies -- only -- aghast over the NL DH?

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 25 '20

Steven Souza (OF) CHI-N - Jun. 24

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=741426

Souza could work as the Cubs' DH when the abbreviated regular season gets underway, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: MLB officially adopted the universal DH for its shortened season, which bodes well for Souza. The 31-year-old missed all of last year due to a knee injury, so the Cubs likely won't want to push him too hard in the field. Souza, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Victor Caratini could all split some time at DH as new manager David Ross looks to navigate the 60-game slate. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 25 '20

Steven Souza (OF) CHI-N - Apr. 22

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=740794

Souza could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Albert Almora and Ian Happ, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Souza was likely behind Happ and Almora in the battle for playing time before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. That will still likely be the case whenever the regular season is able to begin, but Souza could benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH, which has been discussed as the league mulls options for a condensed season. The 30-year-old missed all of last year due to a knee injury, so if he's able to hit some without playing the field, the Cubs may deploy him in that role to ease him back into action. 

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 23 '20