Marietta native and Vanderbilt University standout Dansby Swanson is living a dream as he comes home to play for his hometown Atlanta Braves this season.
“It’s funny to think how that is my getaway,” Swanson said. “In high school, my getaway was going to shoot basketball, even just at the house. Now [after the trade], that is the first thing I did when I found out I was going back home, ” Swanson told a reporter.
In effort to improve the team’s middle infield this year the Atlanta acquired Swanson, from the Arizona diamondbacks, in a December 8th trade that sent Shelby Miller to Arizona.
Swanson was the first player selected over-all in the June draft by the diamondbacks. He only played 22 games his rookie season in Class A ball with Arizona because another prospect hit Swanson in the face during live batting practice.
Fans should be excited to watch this young Braves prospect on the field this season. Although he has a light stick at the dish, he will hit for average in the line up at all levels of the Atlanta’s organization.
He hit 289. at the plate in his shorten rookie year with the D-backs in Oregon. Look for his bat to be much improved at the plate this season as the Braves top prospect has worked hard on improving his all-round game. Spending time in the batting cages and working with Chipper Jones will certainly help the kid, as he enters his first full season at the professional level.
Despite is lack of playing time in the pros this young pro has better than average speed on the basis, along with great knowledge of the over all game.
My prediction is when the season starts this year Swanson will be a class A Rome Brave. However, he will claim the minor league ladder fast. The truth be told with the kid’s age and college experience he should and could be playing in the show by the end of 2016 or 2017 season. Swanson is without a doubt someone to keep an eye on this coming season. He could surprise us all and be contributing sooner than later at Turner Field or Sun Trust Park in Cobb County.