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Braves’ Prospects Take Next Step On Path To Majors

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez)

Two of the Atlanta Braves most talked about shortstop prospects, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies have been promoted within the organization this week.

The nineteen-year-old Albies is ranked third among all Braves’ prospects and twenty-sixth in the nation and was promoted from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett, just one major step from his Major League dreams coming true. So far the Curacao born and raised prospect has hit .369 and has successfully reached base in twenty-one out of the twenty-two games he has played; Opening Day was the lone game in which Albies didn’t have a hit which caused some early concern as to whether he was assigned to a level beyond his abilities. Obviously that hasn’t been in the case with his success so far in the month of April.

In just his first full season of professional ball, the twenty-two year old is always getting his first taste as part of the Braves’ system. Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015 with the First Overall Pick in the MLB Draft while playing at Vanderbilt University and was then traded to Atlanta, his hometown team, this past off season as part of the Shelby Miller deal. Swanson is ranked as the top prospect in the Braves’ organization and sixth best in all of baseball. So far this season with the Class-A Advanced Carolina he has hit .333 along with seven stolen bases (eight attempts) and one homer and twelve doubles. Swanson has now been promoted to Double-A Mississippi.

While many many wonder how to highly touted prospects, can move so quickly up the Atlanta Braves’ Farm System and play the same position, well according to sources there is a long-term plan for the two.

When both reach the Major League Level, which will likely be sooner than later especially with the looks of this season after just one month, wither Swanson or Albies will move to second base so that each can play everyday. It still remains to be seen as to which talented shortstop will make the move when the time comes.

 

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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