Braves: Dansby Swanson Looking For Breakout Season

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) during an interleague MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals on September 25, 2019 at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
Atlanta Braves’ shortstop Dansby Swanson has been the hottest player on the team thus far in 2020. And he could just be getting started, as he looks for his breakout season..

Shortstop Dansby Swanson has been a busy man four games into the 2020 MLB season. Swanson is a big reason the Atlanta Braves won the season-opening series against the New York Mets.

Over the course of the first four games this year, Swanson has been impressive when both batting and fielding. He has been arguably the best hitter on the team and has started the year playing great defense as well.

At the plate, Swanson has 15 at-bats through four games and has found himself on base with a hit six times. That’s good enough for a batting average and an on-base percentage of .417 each.

Thanks to quite a few extra-base hits, Swanson also has an impressive slugging percentage of .866 and an OPS of 1.283. While these numbers are not likely to be upheld all season, they point to a player that has perhaps put it all together at the plate and is ready to have his long-awaited breakout season.

Swanson has done more than just hit for singles. He has lined one double and launched two home-runs, in addition to three singles. The talented shortstop has also been an RBI machine, driving in six runs from the batter’s box.

Dansby Swanson’s fielding has been equally impressive.

Now that his offensive prowess has been discussed, it’s time to turn our attention to his defense. While he hasn’t made a handful of ridiculously unbelievable plays, he has been a steady and reliable defender. His fielding percentage is a perfect 1.000 and he has been involved in a fair share of double plays. He’s committed no errors through four games and looks like he could once again play like a Gold-Glove shortstop.

Some people may point to his hot start in 2019 as a reason not to get too excited about his promising start to the 2020 season. However, two injuries derailed his season in 2019, especially the injury to his heel last July. Once he returned from that injury, he was never quite the same.

As long as he stays healthy there’s no reason to believe that Swanson can’t finally put together the big season fans have been waiting for since he was acquired years ago. Swanson is finally showing us how good he can be, and he is the player to watch in this shortened 60-game season. The Braves have a tough schedule, and Swanson figures to be an integral part of the lineup as Atlanta navigates some hurdles.

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