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Justin Richard Souza (born Stockton, California) is a professional baseball player who is with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the ninth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He attended American River College and Sacramento City College.October 22, 1985 in
In 2007 Souza played for the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He would go 5-5 with a 4.73 ERA, two saves and 58 strikeouts in 49 games, three starts. He earned the 2007 Ellis Award, along with Tony Butler, for involvement in the community.
He played for three teams in the 2008 season. The teams included the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks and the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Souza went a combined 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA, four saves and 82 strikeouts in 44 games, five starts. He participated in the Arizona Fall League at seasons end.
On July 11, 2009 Souza was traded to the Oakland Athletics for third basemen Jack Hannahan. He finished the season with the Double-A Midland RockHounds where in five games he went 0-2 with a 10.35 ERA. He was placed on the A's 40-man roster on November 20. During the 2011 offseason, he was removed from the 40-man roster.
In November, 2013, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.