Swanson’s promotion an omen for Albies?
The Atlanta Braves have traded shortstop Eric Aybar to the Detroit Tigers and promoted their top prospect Dansby Swanson to the Bigs. With this move Swanson leapfrogs AAA.
At AA Swanson wasn’t hitting very well as he hit a modest .261. His defense was decent with a fielding percentage of .980 (eight errors in eighty-three games). But since Eric Aybar was only hitting .242 with the Braves, they can take some risk. Even though the club is playing better lately, the team is going nowhere since they are dead last in the NL East, trailing the division leading Washington Nationals by 26.5 games.
With the Mississippi Braves, Swanson was the team mate and formed a double play tandem with Ozzie Albies. Earlier this season, Albies was promoted to AAA Gwinnett and did pretty well there. But the Braves wanted the two to get accustomed to each other as they see them as their future middle infield combo, so the Braves demoted Albies to AA again. But it is clear that Swanson is a patient hitter as he reached base 16 out of his 17 last at bats at AA.