Dansby 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 not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets. Johan Camargo will step in at short as Swanson sits following four consecutive starts. Swanson showed improvement initially upon his return to the majors, but he's hit another slide in recent weeks. While his dynasty-league stock has taken a considerable hit this season, Swanson is still just 23 and should have every opportunity to reverse the narrative in 2018.
Swanson is batting second for Wednesday's game against the Nationals. This marks the first time that Swanson is near the top of the order since batting second against the Dodgers on July 20. With Ender Inciarte battling a minor thumb injury, Swanson will get a bigger role in the Braves' lineup for Wednesday's contest.
Swanson is out of the lineup for Sunday's matchup versus Miami. Swanson has started each game since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 9. In that time Swanson has shown drastic improvement from how he started the season, as he's notched a .320/.437/.433 line over the last 30 games. He'll get the day off while Johan Camargo covers shortstop and hits seventh. The Braves don't play Monday, so look for Swanson to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Swanson went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI Sunday against the Cubs. Swanson's been much better at the plate since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett following a midseason demotion and has now reached base multiple times in 12 of his past 17 games. The first overall pick in the 2015 draft still owns a subpar .238/.319/.342 line, but keep in mind he was sitting at .215/.290/.319 on Aug. 18.
Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed that Swanson, who was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett, will be the team's everyday shortstop, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. He'll enter the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies, batting eighth. Despite his immense struggles at the plate with the big club earlier this season, Swanson is still viewed as an integral part of the Braves' rebuild, so it's no surprise that he'll receive regular at-bats upon rejoining the big club. Swanson will take over the role that had previously fallen to Johan Camargo, who was moved to the disabled list after suffering a bone bruise on his right knee while running onto the field prior to Tuesday's game. The Braves expect Camargo to miss at least two weeks with the injury, so Swanson will have a decent length of time to try and improve upon his dismal .213/.287/.312 slash line.