The immediate future for the Atlanta Braves looks bleak. The Braves sit dead last in the National League East with the worst record in baseball at 44-75. Atlanta is 25 ½ games behind the first place Washington Nationals.
However, the team is already looking toward the future evidenced by the call up of Dansby Swanson. The 22-year old was called up to start in Wednesday’s game against Minnesota after the Braves traded Erick Aybar their shortstop to Detroit on Tuesday.
Swanson is a native of suburban Atlanta and baseball’s No. 5 prospect overall according to MLBPipeline.com.
President of baseball operations at Atlanta John Hart said the organization likes a great deal about Swanson. He is not expected to be the team’s savoir but it will give the team and coaches a chance to get a good long look at the player while giving him much needed experience in the big leagues, added Hart.
In the 2015 draft, Swanson was picked by Arizona with the first pick overall and traded to Atlanta in a huge deal that sent Shelby Miller a right-hander to the D-backs during December.
The shortstop has a batting average of .261 and an OPS of .745 in his 84 games with Mississippi in Double-A after starting the season with Advanced Carolina in Class-A.
When Atlanta traded Andrelton Simmons during the offseason to the Angels, they looked at Aybar as the one player who would bridge the gap as their shortstop until Swanson could play in the big leagues.
Although, the young Swanson has not been dominating in Double-A at the plate, John Cappolella the general manager and Hart saw the trade of Aybar on Tuesday as the opportunity for the youngster to gain some invaluable training on the job by playing with the parent club.
Swanson was getting used to playing alongside Ozzie Albies the second baseman in Double-A for Mississippi. Both are shortstops, but it looks as though Albies will be playing second in the majors.
Atlanta united Swanson and Albies on June 30 in Double-A. Since that time, the 19-year old Albies is hitting .315.
The Braves are also looking at catcher Kade Scivicque. He was acquired by the Braves from Detroit as well. Scivicque could be the talent at catcher the team is in need of.
Atlanta officials said they would not have traded Aybar to Detroit if Scivicque was not part of the deal.
It seems the immediate future for the Braves looks quite bleak, but the team is starting to rebuild and could come out much stronger in the next couple of years.