The first overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves tonight against the Twins. His name is Dansby Swanson, who was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the aforementioned 2015 draft, and was later traded to Atlanta along with Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair in exchange for Shelby Miller in the off-season. Swanson is a shortstop, who was hitting .275 with nine homers and 55 RBI’s this season in 105 games for Single-A and Double- A respectively. The 22-year-old, Georgia native was in the lineup today and batting eighth against Twins starter’ Kyle Gibson.
His first at bat of the game came in the second inning with a runner on third and two outs. Swanson would then line out to center on a one ball and two strike count, officially beginning his MLB career 0 for 1.
Flash forward to the fourth inning, Swanson would step to the plate for his second at-bat. He then lined a one-ball and no strike offering from Gibson into right field for a single as he picked up his first MLB hit.
Dansby would come up again to lead off the seventh against Gibson with the Braves trailing 6-2. This time he would strike out swinging as he moved to one for three on the night.
In the ninth, Swanson came up for his fourth and final at-bat, against Kyle Gibson who was attempting to go the distance up 10-3 with two outs in the ninth. Swanson would extend the game as he lined an 0-1 fastball up the middle to center for his second hit of the night.
In the field, it was a quiet night for the youngster as he assisted on just two put-outs.
Overall, a solid debut for the highly touted Braves prospect, as he went two for four, picking up his first two singles of his career.