He was once the face of the organization’s full-fledged rebuild, and while he hasn’t met expectations up to this point of his big-league career, Dansby Swanson is quietly blossoming into a sturdy shortstop.
After being acquired in the notorious Shelby Miller trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Swanson was touted as the focal point of the Braves’ future. Unfortunately for the shortstop, his big-league career began on the wrong foot. While he impressed in the 38 games he played in 2016, he was sent down to Triple A midway through the ensuing season, struggled to get into a groove at the plate when he returned, and underwhelmed in 2018.
Coming off winning the National League East, all eyes were on the Braves’ heavy swingers such as Freddie Freeman, 2018 NL Rookie of the Year Award recipient Ronald Acuna Jr., and Ozzie Albies, given their success at the plate, as a unit. Heck, there were more eyes on Nick Markakis, who hit .297 and drove in 93 runs in 2018, and free agent signee Josh Donaldson than Swanson.
Did Swanson outplay or outshine those players in 2019? No, but he put together a well-rounded season that should invigorate confidence into the Braves organization and…