Dansby Swanson
Dansby Swanson
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Takes seat Sunday
SSAtlanta Braves
April 14, 2019
Swanson is out of the lineup for Sunday night's game against the Mets, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Swanson started the first 14 games of the year but heads to the bench after going 1-for-4 with three RBI and a walk Saturday. Johan Camargo will start at shortstop and bat sixth in his stead for the series finale.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+108%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .748 240 27 7 30 4 .245 .333 .415
Since 2017vs Right .666 913 92 17 98 10 .235 .308 .358
2019vs Left 1.556 18 3 2 7 0 .429 .556 1.000
2019vs Right .748 51 6 2 11 1 .220 .333 .415
2018vs Left .640 114 13 3 11 4 .204 .281 .359
2018vs Right .715 419 38 11 48 6 .248 .310 .405
2017vs Left .741 108 11 2 12 0 .263 .352 .389
2017vs Right .610 443 48 4 39 3 .224 .302 .308
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .705 570 62 11 63 7 .245 .335 .370
Since 2017Away .662 583 57 13 65 7 .230 .292 .370
2019Home .870 49 4 2 10 1 .282 .408 .462
2019Away 1.163 20 5 2 8 0 .250 .350 .813
2018Home .729 266 29 7 28 4 .246 .322 .407
2018Away .669 267 22 7 31 6 .231 .285 .384
2017Home .648 255 29 2 25 2 .237 .333 .315
2017Away .625 296 30 4 26 1 .227 .294 .331
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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.
BB/K
0.85
 
BB Rate
15.9%
 
K Rate
18.8%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.291
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.391
 
SLG
.564
 
OPS
.955
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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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Keeps raking in Colorado
SSAtlanta Braves
April 9, 2019
Swanson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Rockies.
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Hits walkoff single versus Marlins
SSAtlanta Braves
April 7, 2019
Swanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walkoff single in a 4-3 victory against the Marlins on Sunday.
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Homers in win
SSAtlanta Braves
April 3, 2019
Swanson went 1-for-2 with a walk, a solo home run and two RBI on Wednesday against the Cubs.
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Raps out double in opener
SSAtlanta Braves
March 29, 2019
Swanson went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.
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Connects on first spring homer
SSAtlanta Braves
March 26, 2019
Swanson went 1-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's exhibition game against the Reds.
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