Dansby Swanson

James Dansby Swanson (born February 11, 1994) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Swanson attended Vanderbilt University and played college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected him first overall in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, and traded him to the Braves during the 2015–16 offseason.

Dansby Swanson
Dansby Swanson on February 26, 2016
Swanson with the Atlanta Braves in 2016 spring training
Atlanta Braves – No. 7
Born: February 11, 1994 (age 25)
Kennesaw, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 17, 2016, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through June 5, 2019)
Batting average.248
Home runs36
Runs batted in170

Amateur career

Swanson was born on February 11, 1994 in Kennesaw, Georgia, to parents Cooter and Nancy (née Dansby) Swanson.[1] Swanson grew up in Marietta with two older siblings, sister Lindsey and brother Chase.[2] Both his father and brother played college baseball, while his mother played collegiate basketball and tennis. Swanson's sister was a softball player.[3] Dansby attended Marietta High School, where he played basketball and baseball.[4] As a child, Swanson became a fan of professional sports teams based in Atlanta, among them Major League Baseball's Braves, the National Football League's Falcons, and the National Basketball Association's Hawks.[5][6][7] He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended Vanderbilt University.[8] As a freshman, he played in only 11 games due to a broken bone in his foot and a torn labrum in his non throwing shoulder.[9] As a sophomore in 2014, he was named All-Southeastern Conference.[10] After the Commodores beat the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2014 College World Series, he was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player.[11][12] He was a finalist for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the nation's top college player.[13]

Professional career

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Swanson with the first overall selection of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.[14] Swanson signed with the Diamondbacks, receiving a $6.5 million signing bonus.[15][16] While batting in a simulated game against Yoan López in July 2015, Swanson was hit in the face with a pitch.[17] The injury delayed his professional debut, which took place on August 12, 2015, with the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.[18] Swanson played in 22 games in his first professional season and finished with a .289 batting average, one home run, fourteen walks, and eleven RBIs.[19][20]

Atlanta Braves

On December 9, 2015, the Diamondbacks traded Swanson, Ender Inciarte, and Aaron Blair to the Atlanta Braves for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier.[21] The Braves invited Swanson to spring training,[22] and he was sent to the Carolina Mudcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League at the end of spring training.[23] Swanson was promoted to the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League on April 30, 2016, after hitting .333/.441/.526 in 21 appearances at Carolina.[24] On June 28, he was named to appear in the All-Star Futures Game, soon after having played the Southern League All-Star Game.[25][26] On August 16, the Braves announced that Swanson would be promoted to the major leagues the next day.[27][28] Upon his callup, Swanson was assigned jersey #2.[29][30] On August 17, he went 2-4 in his MLB debut, including his first career hit off of Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson.[31] Swanson hit an inside-the-park home run against the Washington Nationals on September 6, his team's first such home run since 2001.[32] With the hit, Swanson followed Paul Runge as the second Brave to make an inside-the-park home run his first career home run.[33] Swanson finished the year at the major league level, recording a .302 batting average, .361 on-base percentage and a .803 on-base plus slugging percentage.[29][30]

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, Swanson announced that he would again wear his college uniform number, 7. He had been assigned 2 because Gordon Beckham was wearing 7 at the time of Swanson's call-up in August 2016. Beckham was later traded, leaving 7 available.[29][30] Swanson struggled at the plate, recording a .185 batting average through May. Though he improved in June, Swanson had become the backup to Johan Camargo by the All-Star break. Swanson was subsequently sent down to the Gwinnett Braves on July 26, where he was expected to play every day.[34][35] Swanson was recalled by the Braves on August 9 following an injury to Camargo.[36]

On May 4, 2018, Swanson was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left wrist strain.[37] He returned to action on May 19, in a game against the Miami Marlins.[38] Swanson again struggled throughout much of the season. From June 1 to August 21, 2018, he hit .229 with a .671 OPS.[39] Swanson widened his batting stance in August, and began hitting with increased power.[40] His offensive production lessened in September.[41][42] On September 26, Swanson was injured during an at-bat against New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.[41] The next day, he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left hand.[43] Swanson was left off the National League Division Series roster due to his injury.[44] The torn ligament led to soreness between his left index finger and wrist.[45] As a result, Swanson underwent surgery on his left wrist in November 2018.[46][47]


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External links

2012 Major League Baseball draft

The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 4 through June 6, 2012, from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Houston Astros, with the first overall pick, selected Carlos Correa from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School.

2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on Friday, May 30, 2014 as part of the 2014 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64 team double elimination tournament concluded with the 2014 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, which started on June 14, 2014, and ended on June 25, 2014 with the Vanderbilt Commodores upsetting the 3rd seed Virginia Cavaliers 3–2 in the decisive Game 3.The 64 participating NCAA Division I college baseball teams were selected out of an eligible 298 teams. A total of 31 teams were awarded an automatic bid as champions of their conferences, and 33 teams were selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

Teams were divided into 16 regionals of four teams which conducted a double-elimination tournament. Regional champions faced each other in Super Regionals, a best-of-3-game series that determined the 8 participants of the College World Series.

2015 College Baseball All-America Team

This is a list of college baseball players named first team All-Americans for the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball season. The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for baseball: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2015 Major League Baseball draft

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held from June 8 through June 10, 2015, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The draft order is the reverse order of the 2014 MLB season standings. As the Diamondbacks finished the 2014 season with the worst record, they had the first overall selection. In addition, the Houston Astros had the 2nd pick of the 2015 draft, as compensation for failing to sign Brady Aiken, the first overall selection of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Twelve free agents received and rejected qualifying offers of $15.3 million for the 2015 season, entitling their teams to compensatory draft choices if they are signed by another team. The team signing the player will lose their first round choice, though the first ten picks are protected. The New York Mets surrendered their first round pick (15th overall) to sign Michael Cuddyer, while the Colorado Rockies gained a supplementary pick. The Toronto Blue Jays lost their pick for signing Russell Martin, giving a compensatory pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Boston Red Sox surrendered their second- and third-round picks (Boston's first pick is protected) to sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramírez. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers received supplementary picks.Dean Kremer became the first ever Israeli drafted in an MLB draft, when selected in the 39th round, by the Padres.

2015 Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team

The 2015 Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team represented Vanderbilt University during the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Commodores played their home games at Hawkins Field as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by head coach Tim Corbin, in his 13th season at Vanderbilt.

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Brooks Wallace Award

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College World Series Most Outstanding Player

The College World Series Most Outstanding Player is an award for the best individual performance during the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The recipient of the award is announced at the completion of the College World Series Championship Game. The award is similar to Major League Baseball's World Series Most Valuable Player award.

Since 1999, the winner of the award has received a miniature replica of "The Road to Omaha" sculpture, which is situated at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The award measures 16 inches high. There have been 10 recipients of this award who were on not on the winning team of the College World Series. The College World Series started in 1947 but the award was not given out until 1949.


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Swanson (surname)

Swanson is a surname. It is often the anglicized form of the Swedish surname Svensson. Notable people with this surname include the following:

A. L. Swanson, American football coach

Becca Swanson, American bodybuilder

Bill Swanson (baseball) (1888–1954), baseball player

Bob Swanson (1912–1940), Indianapolis 500 driver

Brian Swanson (born 1976), ice hockey player

Bryan Swanson (born 1980), British sports television reporter

Carl A. Swanson (1879-1949), Swedish-American food industry businessman and founder of Swanson

Charles Edward Swanson (1879–1970), American politician

Clarence Swanson (1898–1970), American football player

Claude A. Swanson (1862–1939), American lawyer and politician

Cub Swanson (born 1983), American mixed martial artist

Danny Swanson (born 1986), Scottish footballer

Dansby Swanson (born 1994), American baseball player

David Swanson, American journalist and Democratic activist

Don R. Swanson (1924–2012), American information scientist

Donald Swanson (1848–1924), London police officer, charged with investigating the Whitechapel murders

Duane Swanson (1913–2000), American basketball player

E. Burton Swanson (born ca 1940), American computer scientist

Eric Swanson, American attorney

Evar Swanson (1902–1973), American baseball and football player

Frank J. Swanson (1865-1941), American politician

G. A. Swanson (1939–2009), American organizational theorist

Gloria Swanson (1897–1983), American actress

Howard Swanson (1907–1978), American composer

Irena Swanson, Yugoslav-born American mathematician

Jackie Swanson (born 1963), American actress

Jandi Swanson, American child actress

Jean Swanson, Canadian anti-poverty activist

Jeffrey Swanson, American psychiatrist

Joe Swanson, Family Guy character

John Swanson (disambiguation), several people

John Swanson (Medal of Honor recipient), American Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor recipient

John A. Swanson, American engineer

John August Swanson (born 1938), American artist

Jon E. Swanson (1942–1971), US Army helicopter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient

Joshua Swanson (born 1978), American actor

Kristy Swanson (born 1969), American actress

Lori Swanson, attorney general of Minnesota

Marc Swanson, American artist

Paul Swanson, American bridge player

Richard A. Swanson (born 1942), American organizational theorist

Richard Swanson, American founder of SunPower

Riley Swanson (born 1984), American football player

Robert Swanson (inventor) (1905–1994), Canadian inventor and poet

Robert A. Swanson (1947–1999), Genentech founder

Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation character

Sandré Swanson (born 1948), California politician

Shana Swanson (born 1967), American attorney

Stan Swanson (born 1944), American baseball player

Stephan Swanson (born 1967), South African shark researcher

Steve Swanson, guitarist

Steven Swanson (born 1960), American astronaut

Timothy Swanson, British academic

Wendy Sue Swanson, Pediatrician

William Swanson (disambiguation), several people

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