Struggling Swanson shipped to minor leagues

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

If your the Atlanta Braves moving Swanson down is the right move to make for a team that is in contention but the Braves are not.

Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, is batting.213 with six homers and 35 RBIs in 95 games this eeason. According to David O'Brien of the AJC, the Braves expect Swanson to realize the demotion is meant to help him play regularly and gain more confidence at the plate. He batted.302 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 appearances, and was considered a leading contender to be the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year. He has only three hits in 25 at-bats since the All-Star break.

The Braves made the move after Wednesday's 10-3 loss at Arizona.

Manager Brian Snitker gave Swanson, 22, a start at shortstop on Wednesday and he responded by going 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.

The Braves acquired Swanson, Blair and Ender Inciarte from Arizona in a 2015 trade that sent Shelby Miller to Arizona.

There's still plenty of time obviously for Swanson to figure things out, and he's not the first prospect to be sent down after struggling for an extended period of time in the majors.

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