Dansby Swanson

Born: 02/11/1994 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Primary Position: SS
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., (#1 overall), 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI); Acquired by ATL 12/9/2015 as part of Shelby Miller trade
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: April 16th, 2016
Dates Seen: April 11-13, 2016
Level: High A
Affiliate: Carolina Mudcats
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Physical Description
Shorter than listed height; plus athleticism; average muscular build for size; skinny waist; room for 10-15 lbs of muscle for durability purposes.
Swing Mechanics
Squared setup; wide base; hands tight behind head; slight crouch.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 50 60 Role 60 - First-Division SS/Potential All-Star Moderate
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 50 60 Simple setup; small toe-tap timing; plus bat speed; strong, quick wrists and explosive hands; pure feel for contact; ability to square pitches in all quadrants; innate hand-eye coordination allows hands to adjust if timing is off; will use all fields; can turn on velocity inner half; slight natural lift in swing; advanced overall approach; quality pitch recognition skills and pitch selection.
Simple setup; small toe-tap timing; plus bat speed; strong, quick wrists and explosive hands; pure feel for contact; ability to square pitches in all quadrants; innate hand-eye coordination allows hands to adjust if timing is off; will use all fields; can turn on velocity inner half; slight natural lift in swing; advanced overall approach; quality pitch recognition skills and pitch selection.
Raw Power 40 50 Slight natural lift; ability to backspin the ball to both gaps; present gap-to-gap doubles pop in game could turn to HR power with strength; strong wrists and bat speed generate average raw power in BP; uses lower half well and can get extended through the baseball; game power could play average with added strength.
Slight natural lift; ability to backspin the ball to both gaps; present gap-to-gap doubles pop in game could turn to HR power with strength; strong wrists and bat speed generate average raw power in BP; uses lower half well and can get extended through the baseball; game power could play average with added strength.
Run 60 60 4.18-to-4.26 HP to 1B times; quick, athletic strides; swing allows him to get out of the box clean; explosive first step; will be a stolen base threat.
4.18-to-4.26 HP to 1B times; quick, athletic strides; swing allows him to get out of the box clean; explosive first step; will be a stolen base threat.
Field 60 60 Plus reads and reactions; quick first step and reads make for plus range; smooth, soft hands; fluidity in actions/natural feel for shortstop position; fields out in front; quick transfer from glove to hand; makes backhand pick look easy; body is under control at all times when throwing on the run.
Plus reads and reactions; quick first step and reads make for plus range; smooth, soft hands; fluidity in actions/natural feel for shortstop position; fields out in front; quick transfer from glove to hand; makes backhand pick look easy; body is under control at all times when throwing on the run.
Throw 60 60 Quick arm action and clean 3/4 release; throws have carry and are on a line; plus accuracy; can throw on the run with ease.
Quick arm action and clean 3/4 release; throws have carry and are on a line; plus accuracy; can throw on the run with ease.
Overall Summary
Swanson is a premium athlete with a high baseball aptitude at the shortstop position. He's a natural leader on the field that many players look towards during games and he showed the ability to lead by example. Swanson is a plus defender due to his quick reads, which allows his range to play plus. Soft hands, fluidity in his actions, and his plus arm. At the plate, Swanson showed an advanced, mature approach in all counts with plus bat speed and an innate feel for contact. Those characteristics, along with his pitch recognition skills and ability to barrel pitches in all quadrants of the strike zone, give him a future plus hit tool. Swanson has room for growth on his frame but has impressive strength for his size. His plus bat speed, explosive hands and slight natural lift in his swing allow him to have potentially average power at full maturity. Overall, Swanson features four plus tools and an average tool making his ceiling a first-division regular at shortstop and potentially an all-star; his floor is a major league regular.