It was just eight months ago that shortstop Dansby Swanson was taken first overall in the 2015 MLB Draft, but the 22-year-old has a chance to make the Atlanta Braves' Opening Day roster with a good spring training.
That's what manager Fredi Gonzalez suggested on Saturday when explaining what he expects from Swanson in his first MLB camp:
"I had a chance to talk to [Swanson] earlier this week," Gonzalez told MLB.com. "I said, 'Listen, you're 22 years old and you played a pretty good college league. So don't sell yourself short here. Come in here with the attitude that you're going to make this club."
Could Swanson make the Braves? It would be an impressive feat for a guy who has only 22 minor league games to his name. Then again, he was the first overall pick for good reason and the trade of Andrelton Simmons this offseason has created an opportunity in the Braves' middle infield.