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Braves phenom makes MLB debut, gets first hit in second at-bat

It only took Dansby Swanson two at-bats to get into the swing of things in the majors, as the highly touted prospect went 2-for-4 at the plate in his MLB debut for the Atlanta Braves.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Atlanta Braves

Dansby Swanson’s hitting skills were on display in his MLB debut. | Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Swanson, the No.1 overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft, got his first career hit in the fourth inning of a 10-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

With two outs and no runners on base, Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson delivered a 94 mph fastball into the box. Batting at the eighth spot in the lineup, Swanson then lined a single to right field, receiving chants and screams from the fans of Turner Field as he stood on first base.

The 22-year-old shortstop’s first at-bat was in the second inning, in which he lined out to center field. Swanson suffered a strikeout in the seventh but managed to get his second hit of the night on a single to center field in the bottom of the ninth.

The Braves traded veteran shortstop Erick Aybar to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, clearing the way for Swanson to come in and get plenty of defensive reps early on in his career.

The former Vanderbilt University standout took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his thankfulness towards the Braves’ organization.

While playing for the Mississippi Braves in Double-A, Swanson was hitting .275 with nine homers and 55 RBI. Swanson also had 13 stolen bases in the minors this year.

Expect this kid to be a good utility player for the Braves in the future. They could use it at 44-76.

The Braves’ new ballpark, SunTrust Park, is currently under construction and will be located in Cobb County, near Swanson’s hometown of Kennesaw, Georgia.

SunTrust Park will reportedly be finished in February 2017, giving Swanson plenty of time to hone his skills in the majors before he plays ball in front of fans in Cobb.

 

 

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