On December 8th, 2015, the Diamondbacks traded for (at the time) stud pitcher Shelby Miller. Miller had just completed a superb season, finishing with over 200 innings pitched and a 3.02 ERA. Former number one overall pick from Vanderbilt Dansby Swanson was the main piece going to Atlanta.
Flash forward to 2018: Swanson will enter his third season as an MLB shortstop. Although he has been inconsistent at the plate thus far, his defense has been solid. He hasn’t shown much home run power yet, but he did hit six long balls in the first half of 2017, which is something to build on. His batting average also jumped over 20 points after the All-Star break which is very encouraging.
Swanson has shown the ability to hit at the major league level, but he has to show more consistency. Coming into the 2018 season with two years of major league experience and another off-season to improve, there is every reason to believe that Swanson can put it all together. The Braves will give him every opportunity to prove that he can be a franchise cornerstone going forward, and once he starts hitting consistently, look out.
By: Dustin Ferguson