Dansby Swanson
Dansby Swanson
26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Curiously, Swanson's usually reliable defense took a step back last season. Meanwhile, his offense improved. Swanson set new personal bests with 17 homers, 77 runs and 65 RBI while tying 2018's career-high 10 swipes. Even so, Swanson's production remained below average at his position. His plate skills were like the previous season, but he took a different path to get there. Swanson was more aggressive in the zone while being more selective. His strikeout and walk rates didn't change but his hard-hit rate increased eight points, buoyed by an uptick of three mph in average exit velocity. Swanson hit second in over half his games after mostly occupying the eight hole previously. There's no guarantee he remains there this season, but if he does the extra counting stats will help. Shortstop is loaded but with the improved approach, Swanson is mixed-league worthy, albeit it with a low ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#115
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$Signed a one-year, $3.15 million contract with the Braves in January of 2020.
Cranks homer
SSAtlanta Braves
October 7, 2020
Swanson went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Marlins in Game 2 of the NLDS.
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Swanson homered in the second inning off Pablo Lopez. The 26-year-old broke open the game for Atlanta, carrying over some of the momentum from his impressive .274/.345/.464 regular-season line.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
17
7
5
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1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+93%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .674 267 36 7 30 7 .235 .300 .374
Since 2018vs Right .750 1053 139 32 122 18 .253 .324 .426
2020vs Left .447 44 7 0 3 1 .171 .227 .220
2020vs Right .861 198 40 8 25 4 .294 .364 .497
2019vs Left .803 109 16 4 16 2 .293 .349 .455
2019vs Right .734 436 61 13 49 8 .240 .320 .414
2018vs Left .640 114 13 3 11 4 .204 .281 .359
2018vs Right .715 419 38 11 48 6 .248 .310 .405
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+55%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .753 637 90 18 73 9 .255 .335 .418
Since 2018Away .711 679 83 20 78 16 .242 .303 .408
2020Home .957 105 28 3 13 4 .344 .419 .538
2020Away .618 133 17 4 14 1 .207 .271 .347
2019Home .697 266 33 8 32 1 .229 .316 .381
2019Away .795 279 44 9 33 9 .270 .335 .460
2018Home .729 266 29 7 28 4 .246 .322 .407
2018Away .669 267 22 7 31 6 .231 .285 .384
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Stat Review
How does Dansby Swanson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
26.9%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.190
 
AVG
.274
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.464
 
OPS
.809
 
wOBA
.358
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.9%
 
Barrels/PA
7.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Let's be honest: Swanson is not on the Atlanta roster for his bat. He is on it because he is an outstanding defensive shortstop that just so happens to do a little hitting. Rafael Belliard he is not, but he is also not Jeff Kent. Swanson pulls a lot of his batted balls, and hits more grounders than flyballs. That, coupled with his below-average strikeout rate, holds down his batting average. It was cute when he was a rookie and was putting up a high BABIP as the league figured out how to pitch him. The book is out on him now, and he's hit .235 over his last 1,000 plate appearances. The upside is that he can run, and will steal bags when he gets on base and the base in front of him is unoccupied. You can still see him developing a bit more power and potentially driving up his run production so he is not stuck in the bottom third of the lineup. He'll need that to happen to overcome the effect his low average has on your overall stats.
Swanson fared well in his 2016 debut, but took two steps back last season, providing a cautionary tale for assumptions about prospects. He hit well below the Mendoza Line over the first two months of the season and did not improve enough in subsequent weeks to avoid a demotion to Triple-A. While Swanson was better following his return, posting a 0.67 BB/K and .360 OBP over his final 49 games, he did not homer in that span and was only successful on one of four stolen-base attempts. Too often we in the industry tend to assume a prospect with Swanson's pedigree will have a straight line to major-league success, but that path is often filled with curves and potholes, and sometimes players simply don't reach the desired destination. Swanson may figure it out, but the new park in Atlanta is less favorable for right-handed power, and Swanson has modest pop to begin with (29.3 hard-hit percentage, 29.4 flyball percentage last season).
Swanson is who we thought he was. Or at least, he is who everyone other than Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa thought he was. A polished shortstop with no weaknesses and "the good face," Swanson's best tools (hit and field) grade out as plus, while his worst tools (power and speed) grade out as average. That's a recipe for a future All-Star and No. 2 hitter in a quality big league lineup. His numbers at High-A were gaudy enough for him to be promoted to Double-A after just 21 games, and he spent most of the summer posting a 117 wRC+ across 84 games in the Southern League. He skipped Triple-A altogether, making his big league debut in mid-August and finished one at-bat shy of losing his prospect status. The Braves officially chose Swanson over fellow prospect Ozzie Albies as the shortstop of the future, with Albies pegged for second base. Swanson should be an across-the-board contributor in his first full season, with the potential to be a major asset in runs and batting average.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Swanson went from leading his Vanderbilt team to the College World Series in June to debuting with short-season Hillsboro of the Northwest League in August. Swanson, who missed time with a concussion after getting hit in the head by a pitch in instructs, was only able to play in 22 games for the Hops, hitting .289 with one home run. He also tallied seven doubles, three triples and a tidy 14:14 K:BB. He should be a good, not great, defensive shortstop who bats for a high average with 15-20 homers, while hitting first or second in a big league lineup during his peak years. Swanson likely won’t help fantasy teams in 2016, but dynasty league owners could see him as early as 2017, as he has the polish and makeup to move quickly. The key piece in the offseason trade that sent Shelby Miller to Arizona, Swanson is unquestionably the Braves' No. 1 prospect.
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Swats 10th homer
SSAtlanta Braves
September 26, 2020
Swanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Red Sox.
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Homers in second straight
SSAtlanta Braves
September 24, 2020
Swanson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Marlins.
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Homers in win
SSAtlanta Braves
September 23, 2020
Swanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two total runs scored in the Braves' 11-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
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Hits go-ahead homer
SSAtlanta Braves
September 10, 2020
Swanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Nationals.
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Records three hits in win
SSAtlanta Braves
September 10, 2020
Swanson went 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and five runs scored Wednesday as the Braves pummeled the Marlins, 29-9.
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