The Cubs’ Steven Souza Jr. sits in the dugout prior to a spring training game against the Rockies on March 3, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Cubs’ Steven Souza Jr. sits in the dugout prior to a spring training game against the Rockies on March 3, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cascade alum Souza Jr. signs minor-league deal with Astros

The 31-year-old spent part of last season with the Cubs, appearing in 11 games.

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HOUSTON — Former Cascade High School standout Steven Souza Jr. signed a minor-league contract with the Houston Astros on Monday and was invited to spring training.

The 31-year-old Souza spent last season with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in 11 games and hitting .148 with one homer and five RBI. Souza has spent six seasons in the majors, playing for the Nationals, Rays and Diamondbacks. He is a career .232 hitter with 70 doubles, 71 homers and 203 RBI.

His best year came with Tampa Bay in 2017 when he was named the team’s MVP after setting career highs in homers (30), RBI (78), walks (84) and steals (16). For that performance, he was named The Herald’s 2017 Man of the Year in Sports.

As a rookie in 2014 with the Nationals, Souza made a spectacular diving catch with two outs in the ninth inning to help Jordan Zimmermann complete a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Marlins.

After a stellar career at Cascade, Souza was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 100th overall pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

Souza passed up a scholarship from Washington State University and signed with the Nationals to begin his pro career.

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