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2015 First Overall Pick Swanson To Make Debut

First Overall Draft Pick Dansby Swanson will make his pro debut on Wednesday night with Class A Hillsboro.  (milb.com)

First Overall Draft Pick Dansby Swanson will make his pro debut on Wednesday night with Class A Hillsboro.
(milb.com)

It has been quite the adventure for the 2015 First Overall Pick, shortstop Dansby Swanson. After being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he helped Vanderbilt to the College World Series for the second consecutive year, but fell short in the third and final game of the series to Virginia.

The twenty-one year old then signed with the Diamondbacks, just moments before deadline where he agreed to a contract containing a $6.5 million signing bonus. He was then sent to the Arizona League to play with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie Squad and was then supposed to join the Class-A team.

But, just before Swanson was supposed to appear with the Rookie League, he was hit in the mouth with a pitch in a simulated game which caused him to suffer a concussion and get fourteen stitches. Two weeks later, he has finally been cleared to play and will now join the Class A Short Season Hillsboro Hops on Wednesday as the team travels to Vancouver to take on the Blue Jays’ Class A Team, the Vancouver Canadians.

The twelfth best prospect in baseball hit .335 in his junior season with Vanderbilt in 2015 along with 64 RBIs and fifteen homeruns.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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