In his major-league debut on Wednesday, 22-year-old Dansby Swanson singled in his second at bat for his first career hit.
Swanson, the the top pick in the 2015 draft, was called up earlier in the day and got the start at shortstop against the Twins, batting eighth. He didn’t have much luck in his first plate appearance, lining out to centerfield, but in the fourth he lined a pitch to right to reach base. He would finish the night 2 for 4 with a strikeout, in a game Minnesota won 10–3.
In Double A this season, Swanson hit .261 with eight home runs, 45 RBIs and six stolen bases.
Swanson was originally selected by the Diamondbacks before being sent to Atlanta in a trade for pitcher Shelby Miller last off-season. In 2016, Miller has been brutal for Arizona, posting a 7.14 ERA in 14 starts and earning a demotion to the minor leagues.
The Diamondbacks figure to get a look at Swanson, too, hosting the Braves for a four-game set at the end of the month.
– Kenny Ducey