Organization: Atlanta Braves
Current Team: Mississippi Braves
College: Vanderbilt University
Drafted: 2015: 1st round No. 1 overall
It was quite the unorthodox beginning to a career for first overall pick Dansby Swanson. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and traded to the Atlanta Braves for an underperforming Shelby Miller isn’t the way the young shortstop envisioned to start career. To add insult to injury Swanson has yet to get a sniff of big leagues even for the worst team in the majors.
Swanson is a prototypical shortstop for today’s game. He hits to all fields rather than for power. He can run the base pads well and has a strong arm which equates to a wide range at short. Although he is only hitting .259 Swanson has a .340 OBP and a .409 slugging percentage in 69 games with the Mississippi Braves this season. On a team where the season does not mean anything it is unclear why Swanson has yet to be called up.
With first-round draft prospects such as Carson Fulmer and Alex Bregman making their MLB debuts, it may be hard to decipher why Swanson has been left in the cold. Maybe Fulmer and Bregman have just done it in a sexier way. Or maybe the Braves are just not smart. Fulmer is the fast-throwing pitcher while Bregman is the power slugger. Swanson is an old-school player. He hits for contact and to reach base. Swanson can be compared to Chicago Cubs utility man Ben Zobrist. Swanson is a winner that could do a bit of everything. At full potential, he could be much better than a Ben Zobrist, which I’m sure the Braves are hoping for.