On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Dansby Swanson was officially called up to the majors, and a new era began.
Swanson was one of the top prospects in the Atlanta Braves farm system, and he is expected to be a game-changer for the franchise for many years. The shortstop is known for his bat, but also for his speed and ability to field his position at the highest level.
Since the call-up, Swanson has played in 10 games – all but one of which were starts. So far, “Lieutenant Dans” hasn’t been all that bad. He has posted a .278 batting average, reaching base in all but one of the nine games he has started.
Though it’s a very small sample size, Swanson’s batting average is fourth-best on the team.
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Swanson has gotten 10 hits in 36 at-bats so far, and although these aren’t eye-popping numbers by any means, it’s a pretty good start. After all the pitching prospects we’ve seen struggle during their initial call-up, Braves fans have to be happy to see Swanson looking confident at the big-league level.
Especially when you consider Swanson skipped AAA ball, going straight from AA to the majors.
Conversely, the big leap is probably going to catch up with Swanson at some point. Pitchers will get better scouting reports as he gets more at-bats, and they’ll find new ways to get him out. But even if Swanson begins to slide, fans should understand that it’s part of the process; don’t just assume he’s flamed out and is destined to be a bust.
Swanson has also stolen one base in one attempt. Look for him to start running more often in the appropriate situations.
As I mentioned earlier, he’s not a bad shortstop, either. Check out this throw he made during Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
If that doesn’t get you excited for the future, Braves fans, I don’t know what will.Follow @Sean_Breslin