When the Nats brought Souza up at the start of the season, it felt to me like a semi-desperation move because of the injuries. But at this point he has earned a promotion based on his performance at Syracuse. His stats are spectacular, but it follows a believable year-by-year progression starting in 2012 -- supposedly the year he got his mind right. (Strother Martin would have been so proud.)

Batting average? .349 -- Check!. On-base percentage? .456 -- Check! Slugging percentage? .523 -- Check! Walks/ strikeouts? He's striking out less than once every nine times at the plate and has more walks than strikeouts.

I sure would like to see the Nationals give this guy a shot.