The Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson took a step forward offensively in 2019. However, Atlanta will need Swanson to continue to find some consistency if he is going to be a part of this Atlanta core longterm.
Dansby Swanson does a lot more for the Atlanta Braves than simply shows up in a box score. His defense and his hustle are two things that cannot be questioned. The only issue for Dansby has been some inconsistencies at the plate.
Swanson hit .251 on the season his highest mark in the last three seasons. Swanson has improved his plate discipline greatly but still needs to make improvements.
Early in his career, Swanson would chase pitches in the left-handed batter’s box. Any breaking pitch that broke away from him he seemed to want to chase.
While that was still an issue at times, that issue greatly improved and Swanson’s stats saw a jump because of it.
Swanson needs to continue to improve offensively and prove he is a part of this Atlanta core long term. Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson will likely hit 6th and 7th with Tyler Flowers hitting 8th if Atlanta doesn’t change their current starters.
Hitting 6th is the perfect spot for Swanson, he has enough speed and enough power to sit in the middle of the lineup.
He hit 17-homers in 2019 a career-high though it is worth noting he didn’t hit any homers in the final two months of the season. A slight concern though it was likely due to injury and not any adjustments made.
Dansby Swanson should be a part of this Atlanta Braves core for years to come. However, for that to happen he is going to have to find consistency and stop chasing so many pitches out of the zone. If not Atlanta may begin to consider other options at shortstop.