Former Vanderbilt baseball shortstop Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves was named an MLB All-Star, the league announced Sunday. It is Swanson’s first All-Star nod of his career.
Swanson was a two-time All-American with the Commodores, the 2014 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, the No. 1 overall MLB Draft pick in 2015 and a Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame member.
As of July 10, he was hitting .302 for the reigning World Series champion Braves with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases while committing just five errors.
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Originally called up to the major leagues in 2016, just over a year after getting drafted, Swanson struggled his first few years but began to find a groove at the plate in 2020. He is one of the most durable players in the major leagues – leading the National League in at-bats in 2020 and games played in 2021 – and is known for his power at the plate and strong defense at shortstop.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 19 at Dodger Stadium to coincide with the final day of the MLB Draft.
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