According to a report from ESPN, the Braves have decided to send shortstop Dansby Swanson down to Triple-A Gwinnett. Swanson was apparently told of the impending move on Wednesday night while the team is expected to make it official sometime today. The 23-year-old shortstop has struggled this season, hitting just .213 with six home runs and 35 RBI to go with a .287 on-base percentage.
The Braves were ecstatic when they nabbed the former No. 1 overall pick from the Diamondbacks as part of a package in the Shelby Miller deal two years ago. By all accounts, Swanson was a can’t miss prospect and expected to make an impact pretty quickly at the major league level. He seemed to prove those predictions correct in his first action in the bigs last year when he hit .302 with three homers and 38 RBI in just 23 games.
There’s still plenty of time obviously for Swanson to figure things out, and he’s not the first prospect to be sent down after struggling for an extended period of time in the majors. Just last year, the Minnesota Twins sent starter and top prospect Jose Berrios back to Triple-A after he had posted an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts with the team. Berrios has rebounded nicely this year with a 9-4 record and 3.76 ERA in 14 starts.
This will be Swanson’s first experience with Triple-A as he skipped the level when being fast-tracked to the majors last season. It’s unclear when Swanson will join Gwinnett as the team is wrapping up a series on the road against Lehigh Valley tonight. They then head to Syracuse for a three-game series with the Chiefs on Friday.