Things could change once the lockout ends. Right now, Swanson is penciled in as the everyday shortstop; however, he’s on the last year of his contract. If the Braves aren’t considering extending him now, it’s possible they could explore shuffling things up before the start of the season. But for now, we’ll continue under the assumption that Swanson will be starting at shortstop on Opening Day. If you missed any of the previous parts of this series, click the links below.
I’ve been on the Swanson bandwagon for a while, and I’m not getting off anytime soon. Last season, he blasted a career-high 27 homers while playing fantastic defense at shortstop. The strikeouts are worrisome, and he’ll never hit for a very high average, but that kind of power at a premium position like shortstop is incredibly valuable. Swanson found something during the 2019 season, and while there have still been some inconsistencies, he’s now an offensive threat every time he steps into the box. I think Swanson will be the shortstop in Atlanta for a long time, and that starts this season with his best year to date.
161 G, .261/.340/.444, 25 home runs, 82 RBIs
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