A couple of weeks ago, the Braves decided that Dansby Swanson would no longer be the everyday starter at shortstop for the time being. This was due to a number of factors, with the two biggest ones being Johan Camargo’s surprising emergence as a solid player and Dansby just having a mighty struggle of a season.
With that being said, whether he’s struggling or not, Dansby Swanson would benefit more from getting regular playing time than just hanging out on the bench for most days, and that’s why the Braves have decided to send him down to Triple-A.
Dansby Swanson has been informed he'll be sent to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves aren't expected to announce the move until Thursday.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 27, 2017
Swanson went into Wednesday’s action batting .209/.285/.306 with a wRC+ of 50, which was good for a -0.6 fWAR. The hopeful cornerstone of the future keystone combo for the Braves still has plenty of potential and you’d love to see him try to play his way through those growing pains, but it was also clear that he wasn’t going to get too much time on the field with the way things were going, and that slash line just won’t cut it at the major league level.
Obviously, the hope is that he’ll benefit from working out the kinks against lesser competition and there’s also the hope that he’ll be able to get things together by getting regular playing time again, even if it’s at the Triple-A level. I’d imagine that unless he goes through big-time struggles with the G-Braves, this will probably be similar to what Kyle Schwarber went through with the Cubs this season. It won’t be a quick cup of coffee down there for Dansby, but he’ll be given plenty of time to get things right down there.
Either way, it’s clear that Dansby’s first full season in the bigs will be seen as a tough learning experience, and the hope here is that it’s just a bump in what could potentially be a very smooth road ahead when it comes to the rest of his career. For now, we will indeed be seeing the Albies/Swanson keystone combination in 2017 — only it’s in Gwinnett instead of Cobb County.