Dansby is in his first season in the Cubs organization after signing a seven-year contract with the club in December 2022....Spent the first eight seasons of his professional career with the Arizona (2015) and Atlanta (2016-22) organizations....In all or part of seven seasons with Atlanta (2016-22), posted a .255 average (775-for-3,043) with 161 doubles, 13 triples, 102 home runs, 411 RBI, 58 stolen bases and a .738 OPS in 827 major league games....From 2018-22, committed just 42 errors in 5,574.2 innings at shortstop... Among players with at least 4,000 innings at the position during that stretch, his 42 errors are tied for the fifth-fewest in the Major Leagues....In 2022, received his first N.L. Rawlings Gold Glove Award at shortstop and made his first All-Star appearance after he played in all 162 games, batting .277 (177-for-640) with 32 doubles, one triple, 25 home runs, 96 RBI, 18 stolen bases and a .986 fielding percentage... Finished 12th in the N.L. MVP voting following the season, receiving 23 votes....Was a 2020 finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award...posted a 1.4 defensive bWAR, the second-most in the majors....In his first full major league season in 2017, finished among the top five of N.L. rookies in walks (59, third), runs (59, fourth), hits (113, fifth) and doubles (23, fifth)....Made his Major League debut August 17, 2016 vs. Minnesota during his first full professional season after 127 minor league games...Became the 14th Atlanta player to record at least two hits in his MLB debut....Was selected first overall in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by Arizona...played just 22 Minor League games in the Diamondbacks organization before he was traded to Atlanta as part of a five-player deal Dec. 8, 2015....Played three seasons at Vanderbilt Unviersity, guiding the Commodores to two-straight College World Series appearances (2014-15) and the school's first ever championship in 2014... Was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 College World Series....Graduated from Marrieta High School (Ga.) where he lettered in both basketball and baseball....His wife, Mallory Pugh Swanson, is a member of the U.S. Women's National Soccer team and has played for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL since 2021.
In 2021, appeared in 160 games and set career highs in home runs (27), hits (146), doubles (33), RBI (88) and total bases (264)...Enjoyed his best stretch of the season from July 24 to Aug. 27...Across 31 games within that time frame, hit .355 (43-for-121) with 17 extra-base hits (8 home runs), 31 RBI and 26 runs scored...During the run, his average ranked second in the National League behind teammate Austin Riley (.376), his extra-base hits were tied for fifth, his RBI were tied for second and his runs scored were tied for third...Finished the season with 27 home runs, a new career-high total, to set the Braves franchise single-season record for a shortstop...Denis Menke held the original mark (20) for Milwaukee in 1964...Had an RBI in six straight games from July 7-17, a career-long streak...That matched the longest such streak by a Braves shortstop since 1920, when RBI became an official stat, joining Jeff Blauser (1993), Rafael Ramirez (1982), Eddie Miller (1940) and Doc Farrell (1927)...Went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI, July 31 vs. Milwaukee...He was just the second Braves shortstop since 1920 with at least two homers and 7 RBI in a game (Jeff Blauser, 5/11/96 at PHI)...Was the Opening Day shortstop for the fifth consecutive season, the first Braves player to accomplish that since Rafael Furcal also started five straight from 2001-05.
2021 postseason: Hit .224 in the postseason with two home runs, four RBI, six runs and three walks...In World Series Game 4, hit back-to-back home runs with teammate Jorge Soler...Swanson's longball tied the game at two, while Soler's gave the Braves the lead...Swanson's home run was the third game-tying homer in Braves World Series history...Lonne Smith (1991 G4) and Henry Aaron (1957 G6) are the others to do it...Carried a seven-game postseason hitting streak snapped in World Series Game 2...It was the longest postseason hit streak of his career and the third-longest on the team in the 2021 playoff run.
In his fifth major-league season, played in all 60 of Atlanta’s games and hit a career-best .274/.345/.464 (65-for-237) with 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 35 RBI and 49 runs scored... Was one of 15 players and three Braves to appear in at least 60 games in 2020… Starling Marte played in a majors-most 61 games after beginning the season with Arizona and finishing the campaign with Miami…Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna also played in 60 games...They were the only trio of teammates to appear in all of their team’s games...N.L. Ranks: runs (49, 3rd), hits (49, 9th)...Produced a career-best 2.6 bWAR…Had 1.5 bWAR in 127 games in 2019...His 49 runs scored trailed only the totals of Freddie Freeman (51) and San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. (50) for the major- league lead...Only two other shortstops in modern franchise history (since 1900) have scored that many runs in the first 60 games of the season...Rafael Furcal had a record 55 runs through this period in 2003, while Bill Urbanski also scored 49 in 1934...Scored his 25th run in his 28th game, becoming the quickest shortstop to 25 runs by games played in the franchise’s modern era (previously: Bill Urbanski in 1932, 29th game)...Scored a run in a career-most eight consecutive games, from 8/16-26, the third longest such streak by a Braves shortstop since the team relocated to Atlanta in 1966...Rafael Furcal had the two longer ones (10 games in ‘03 & 9 games in ‘00)... Scored a single-game career-high five runs on 9/9 against the Marlins...Is one of just six Atlanta-era players to score that many runs in a game, joining Adam Duvall and Austin Riley, who also did so in that game...Swanson reached base safely five times (3 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP)...Hit a major league-best .402 (41-for-102) off relievers...He had 14 extra-base hits (8 2B, 6 HR) and 24 RBI facing relief pitchers...Swanson had a .471 on-base percentage in these at-bats, third best in the majors, topped by only teammate Freddie Freeman (.491) and the Mets’ Michael Conforto (.480)...His .657 slugging percentage was seventh best...In late and close situation – in the seventh inning or later when games are within one run or the tying run is on deck – went 16-for-32 with a .529 on-base percentage and a 1.404 OPS...He hit three homers in these situations...For his career, is a .340/.393/.520 batter in late and close situations...Hit 10 home runs, reaching the double-figure mark in homers for the third consecutive season...His last home run, on 9/26 vs. Boston, was the 50th of his career...Only three other Braves shortstops in modern history have more homers from that position (Johnny Logan and Jeff Blauser, 92 & Rafael Furcal, 57)...Finished third on the team with 35 RBI (Ozuna, 56 and Freeman, 53)...He had 11 RBI in Atlanta’s first eight games, the most by a Braves shortstop through the team's first eight games since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966...Began the season with a 10-game hitting streak, and then had a career-high-tying 11-game hitting streak from 8/12-26...In that latter stretch, batted .417/.429/.667 (20-for-48)...Was one of just seven players in the majors to have multiple double-digit hitting streaks in 2020, joining teammate Freddie Freeman, Seattle's Kyle Lewis, San Diego's Manny Machado, New York-NL's Dominic Smith, Washington's Trea Turner and Boston's Alex Verdugo...Went 20-for-43 (.465) hitting balls to the opposite field with a .721 slugging percentage (5 2B, 2 HR)...Batted .258 (90-for-349) in these situations in his first four seasons w/ a .381 slugging percentage...Was one of three Rawlings Gold Glove finalists for N.L. shortstops…Was worth 1.4 defensive bWAR, second most in the majors...Colorado's Nolan Arenado had 1.7…Swanson committed only two errors in 60 games...Since the start of the 2018 season, Swanson’s 3.8 defensive bWAR is tied for seventh best among all N.L. players...Drove a 1-0 pitch from Washington’s Daniel Hudson over the centerfield wall on 8/17 to cap a four-run ninth inning and give Atlanta a walk-off win...The walk-off homer was the first of Swanson's career and his fourth career game-ending RBI…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Swanson became just the second Braves leadoff hitter with a walkoff homer over the last 40 years...In 2008, Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to beat the Marlins...Adam Duvall drove a two-run home run out to left to open the scoring in the ninth inning for the Braves before Swanson ended the game…The win was the first for Atlanta in which it hit two ninth-inning homers, one of which was a walk-off, since 4/6/13, when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered to beat the Cubs...Hit three doubles on 8/23 against the Phillies... Only three other Atlanta-era (since '66) shortstops have accomplished that, and none since Yunel Escobar on 5/31/09 at Arizona...Was one of eight players in the major leagues in 2020 to have at least three two-base hits in a game...The seven others also hit three doubles...Tied a single-game career best with five RBI on 7/26/20 at New York-NL…Went 3-for-5, falling a triple shy of the cycle...Hit a two-run home run, his only homer in 62 career games against the Mets…Has at least six homers against each of the other N.L. East teams...Was the Opening Day shortstop for the fourth consecutive season, the first Braves player to accomplish that since Rafael Furcal started five straight openers from 2001-05.
Was Atlanta’s starting shortstop for all 12 playoff games…Hit .267/.333/.556 (12-for-45) with two doubles, one triple, three homers and nine RBI...Set Braves’ shortstop single-postseason records in hits, home runs, extra-base hits (6) and RBI…His five walks were tied for second most, trailing the six Jeff Blauser had in 1996...Drove in at least one run in exactly half (6- of-12) of Atlanta’s postseason games...Hit two home runs and a triple in the Division Series against Miami, driving in five, a franchise record for a shortstop in a single Division Series. Homered in Games 1 and 2 of the series, becoming the only shortstop in Braves history to homer in consecutive postseason games...Hit a solo home run in Game 7 of the NLCS, off the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin, to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead…Became just the fourth shortstop in history to hit a homer in a Game 7 of a postseason series…It had not been done since Oakland’s Bert Campaneris in the 1973 World Series…NYY’s Phil Linz (1964 WS) and WSH’s Roger Peckinpaugh (1925 WS) were the others...Went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in Game 6 of the NLCS against Los Angeles...Only two other Braves shortstops have produced three hits and a steal in a postseason game (Furcal, Game 2 of the 2004 NLDS and Walt Weiss, Game 3 of the 1998 NLDS and Game 1 of the 1999 NLCS).
Finished his third major league season hitting .251 (121-for-483) with a career-high 17 home runs and 65 RBI... Hit .307/.384/.527 (46-for-150) with 17 extra-base hits (9 2B, 8 HR), 23 RBI and 29 runs scored in the seventh inning or later… His .307 batting average was 11th among qualified National Leaguers and the best on the team... Despite not homering in his final 39 games of the season, still hit a career-best 17 home runs, matching the most by a Braves shortstop in the Atlanta-era of franchise history (since 1966)... Jeff Blauser (1997) and Andrelton Simmons (2013) also hit 17...Denis Menke is the only other shortstop in all-time Braves history to hit more...Menke had 20 in 1964 with Milwaukee... Hit his third home run of the season on 4/7 against Miami, a game in which he also recorded his third career walk-off hit...Swanson is the only shortstop in Atlanta franchise history to homer three times within the first nine games of a season, and only the second Braves shortstop to do so in the live-ball era (since 1920)…Johnny Logan tallied three homers within the first seven games for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954... His career-best 65 RBI were the sixth most by a shortstop in a single-season of Atlanta franchise history (since 1966)...Yunel Escobar holds the record, driving in 76 runs in 2009... Drove in 20 runs in April, the most in Braves franchise history by a shortstop in the season's first full month... Had 57 RBI at the All-Star break, a franchise record for shortstops prior to the Midsummer Classic... Along with his 17 home runs, also had 26 doubles and three triples, recording a career-most 46 extra-base hits... Had 13 extra-base hits (6 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR) in March and April, the most in franchise history by a shortstop prior to the beginning of May...The record was first established by Jeff Blauser in 1997 (12)... Also had a single-season career most 121 hits in 2019... Had two separate hitting streaks of 10 or more games, including a career-long 11-game run from 4/28-5/8...Batted .300 (12-for-40) in that stretch...Hit in 10 straight from 5/17-28, during which he batted .304 (14-for-46) with four home runs... Is the first Atlanta shortstop with multiple 10-game hitting streaks in a single season since 2015, when Andrelton Simmons also had two... Missed 30 games with a right foot contusion… Was sidelined from 7/24-8/26…Suffered the injury on the basepaths on 7/23 against Kansas City... Upon his activation, played in 27 games to close out the regular season and hit .194 (19-for-98)…Had a single-game career most four hits on 9/25 at Kansas City, going 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. 2019 Postseason: Played in his first career postseason series…Was Atlanta's starting shortstop in all five games…Hit .389/.421/.556 (7-for-18) with three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored... Hit a game-tying double with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 3…Atlanta was trailing 1-0 and the series was tied…The Braves would go on to score three runs and win, 3-1…Finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles... Became the fourth Braves player to collect a game-tying or go-ahead hit in the postseason with the Braves down to their final out…The only others to do so were Luis Polonia (Game 3 of the 1995 NLDS vs. COL), Otis Nixon (Game 6 of the 1992 World Series vs. TOR) and Francisco Cabrera (Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS vs. PIT)... His other RBI in the series was a go-ahead single in Game 1.
Played in 136 games in his second full season, and batted .238/.304/.395 with career highs in hits (114), doubles (25), triples (4), home runs (14), RBI (59) and stolen bases (10) ... Finished with 11 defensive runs saved, the sixth most among major league shortstops and 11 off the lead of Arizona's Nick Ahmed ... Swanson's UZR/150 of 6.1 was the second-highest mark among National League shortstops...Only St. Louis' Paul DeJong (8.6) was better ... Batted .315 (57-for-181) with seven home runs in the seventh inning or later ... In late-inning pressure situations, hit .402 (33-for-82) with three homers, a .427 on-base and a .622 slugging percentage ... Finished the year with 14 home runs, the most by a Braves shortstop since Andrelton Simmons hit 17 in 2013…Since 2000, only three Atlanta shortstops have hit more in a single season(Simmons, Rafael Furcal - 15 in 2003, Alex Gonzalez - 15 in 2011) ... Swanson hit two, two-run home runs on 8/21 at PIT for his first career multi-home run game...He became the first Braves shortstop to hit multiple home runs in a game since 9/22/13, when Simmons hit two at CHC ... Capped a six-run ninth inning on 5/20 vs. MIA with a two-run walk-off single…The rally was Atlanta's biggest ninth-inning comeback since a seven-run rally on 5/20/10 vs. CIN, exactly eight years prior ... The game-ending hit was the second of his career and the first since 4/17/17 vs. SD ... Hit .285 (55-for-193) with runners on base, compared to .207 (59-for-285) with the bases empty ... Was placed on the disabled list from 5/4 to 5/19 with left wrist inflammation…Missed 13 games ... Left 9/25 at NYM with left wrist soreness... Underwent an MRI in Atlanta the next day which revealed a partially torn ligament in his left hand... Did not play for the remainder of the regular season ... Following the season, underwent a procedure to remove a lose body in his left wrist on 11/5… Braves head physician Dr. Gary Lourie performed the procedure in Atlanta.
In his first full MLB season, played in 144 games, with 135 of those as the starting shortstop…Hit .232 (113-for-488) with 23 doubles, six home runs and 51 RBI...Had a .312 on-base percentage... Made his first career Opening Day roster and hit .213 (69-for-324) in 95 games before being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett following the 7/26 game at ARI… Following his return from GWN on 8/9, went hitless in his first 11 at-bats before batting .282 (44-for-156) with a .376 on-base percentage in his final 47 games of the season... Among National League rookies, ended the season ranked third in walks (59), fourth in runs (59), fifth in hits (113), fifth in doubles (23), seventh in total bases (158), eighth in RBI (51), and ninth in extra-base hits (31)... Had a .965 fielding percentage (20 errors in 572 total chances), this highest mark for a qualifying Atlanta rookie shortstop in franchise history…Also logged the most innings with 1,202... Batted .291 (34-for-117) with runners in scoring position, and .280 (21-for-75) in close and late situations...His average with runners in scoring position was third best among Atlanta batters, and the best for a Braves rookie since Jason Heyward hit .306 in such situations in 2010... Hit .305 (30-for-98) with a .355 on-base percentage in 28 June games…Followed his .125 (6-for-48) average in 17 July games with a .309 (21-for-68) average in 21 August contests…His .422 on-base percentage during the month of August ranked 10th-highest in the NL... His on-base percentage vs. opposing left-handed pitchers was .352 and his average was .263 (25- for-95) over 108 plate appearances... In his 11 games with GWN, started nine at shortstop and his final two at second base... Collected at least one hit in nine of his 11 games (.237 average, 9-for-38) with two extra-base hits and five RBI while reaching base at a .356 mark.
Entered the 2016 campaign as Atlanta's No. 1 prospect and went on to make his Major League debut on 8/17 (2-for-4) after spending the first four-plus months of the season playing for Atlanta's Advanced-A and Double-A clubs...In his first season in the organization, played in a total of 143 games between three different levels (Carolina, Mississippi and Atlanta)…Batted .281 (152-for-540) with 32 doubles, 72 RBI and 88 runs scored…His on-base percentage at the minor and Major League levels was .362 and .361, respectively...Had his contract purchased on 8/17 and made his Major League debut that evening when he started at shortstop and batted in the No. 8 spot in the lineup...Went 2-for-4 in his debut to become the 14th Atlanta Braves player (since 1966) to record at least two hits in his MLB debut... Finished the 2016 campaign with 129 at-bats and thus retained rookie status for the 2017 season...Hit an inside-the-park home run for his first career home run, 9/6 at WSH becoming the second Atlanta player to do so joining Paul Runge (7/28/85)...Added his second home run the next night, 9/7 at WSH to become the eighth player in Atlanta franchise history to hit his first two home runs in consecutive games...Among rookies with at least 120 at-bats, his .302 average ranked sixth highest in baseball, while his .361 on-base percentage was eighth highest ...Batted .338 (26-for-77) with nine extra-base hits, a .409 on-base percentage and 15 runs scored in his final 24 games of the season (9/4-10/2)...Finished the season with 39 hits in his first 37 career games, the most by a Brave through his first 38 career games since Jeff Francoeur had an Atlanta-record 49 ...Over his final 23 games of the season, 9/6-10/2, posted a .351 (26-for-74) batting average with a .417 on-base percentage and 15 runs scored…In 15 games prior, 8/17-9/4 - the first 15 of his career - hit .236 (13-for-55) with a .283 on-base percentage...Had four consecutive multi-hit games, 9/6-10 (9-for-15, .600)…Finished the season with 12 multi-hit efforts over the first 38 games of his career...Opened the 2016 campaign with Atlanta's High-A affiliate (Carolina) and hit .333 (26-for-78) with 12 doubles, 10 RBI, 14 runs scored and a .441 on-base percentage in 21 games before a promotion to Double-A Mississippi on 4/30... Batted .261 (87-for-333) over 89 games with 13 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 45 RBI and 54 runs scored with Mississippi …Reached base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 24 of his last 27 games with MIS, while scoring 17 runs... Combined to play in 105 games at the minor league level with a .275 (113-for-411) batting average with 25 doubles, 68 runs scored and a .362 on-base percentage...Attended Major League spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Dansby in 2022 appeared in a major-league high 162 games for Atlanta, becoming the first player in the major leagues to start all 162 games at shortstop in a season since Alcides Escobar in 2017 and the first N.L. shortstop to do so since the Cubs Starlin Castro in 2012....Set career marks in games, at-bats (640), hits (177), batting average (.277), runs (99), RBI (96) and stolen bases (18)... His 177 hits were the fourth-most in the N.L., while 99 runs were tied for eighth and his 96 RBI ranked 11th....Received his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award at shortstop, making only eight errors in 592 total chances (.986 fielding percentage)... Among shortstops with at least 1,100 innings played, his .986 fielding percentage ranked second....Made his first career All-Star Game appearance, going 0-for.2 off the bench....According to Fangraphs, posted a 6.3 WAR, second-highest among major league shortstops, trailing only Francisco Lindor's 6.8....Finished second in the major leagues with 20 Outs Above Average and tied for second with 15 Runs Prevented.... Recorded 45 RBI with two outs, the fourth-most in the MLB....Batted .270 (130-for-482) with 22 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs and 82 RBI vs. right-handed pitching, compared to .297 (47-for-158) with six home runs and 14 RBI vs. lefties....Went 44-for-137 (.321) with runners in scoring position, the 10th-highest RISP average in the N.L... Batted .359 (23-for-64) with six home runs and 37 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs....Posted a season-high, 10-game hitting streak from June 5-15, batting .400 (16-for-40) with three home runs and 11 RBI during that stretch....Sept. 24 at Philadelphia, tallied his 89th RBI of the season, breaking his own franchise record (88 in 2021) for most RBI by a Braves shortstop in a single season....Sept. 30 vs. the Mets, hit his 100th career home run, joining Jeff Blauser as the only two shortstops in Braves history to reach the milestone.