The Atlanta Braves have been near the bottom of the NL East for the past few years with things seeming like nothing could go the Braves way. Things haven’t been going well for the city of Atlanta either.
However, there is a potential bright spot for the Braves in 2nd-year shortstop, Dansby Swanson. Swanson was drafted 1st overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2015 MLB Draft. Swanson attended Vanderbilt University and played for their dominant baseball team.
Swanson was dealt in a trade to the Braves in return for pitcher Shelby Miller. Swanson’s first year showed his potential as he hit for an average of .302 along with 3 home runs and 17 RBI’s. He is giving the city of Atlanta hope for the future.
Swanson had an impressive career at Vanderbilt even though his first year was cut short due to injury. He has shown that he is more of a contact hitter as he only hit 3 home runs at Vanderbilt, and his first MLB home run was inside the park. Swanson had 94 hits and 34 RBI’s at Vanderbilt his sophomore year.
Swanson has been in a funk so far this season as he is struggling at the plate. As of May 12th, 2017, Swanson is batting .162, showing signs of offensive struggles.
However, on the defensive side of the game Swanson has shined. Swanson has displayed bursts of athleticism at his shortstop position. Swanson has shown traits similar to MLB legend, Derek Jeter.
Swanson has shown his play making ability best on the defensive side of his game. He has shown his athleticism at the shortstop position with his speed and his arm strength. His speed allows him to chase down any ball that comes his way and his cannon arm allows a stronger, faster throw to first, which gives first baseman Freddie Freeman a sigh of relief knowing that the ball will make it to him on time.
Atlanta’s future is bright with Swanson as the face of their franchise, but he’s going to need some help to turn the Braves from pretenders to contenders.