Marietta's Swanson beginning Braves career

- Top prospect Dansby Swanson will begin his major league baseball career Wednesday night when he takes the field for the Atlanta Braves.

Swanson who was the first overall pick by Arizona in the 2015 draft was traded to Atlanta in the offseason in a package for right-hander Shelby Miller.

Swanson hit .261 with eight homers and six stolen bases in 84 games with Double-A Mississippi this season.

Miller, meanwhile, is back at Triple-A sorting himself out after a disastrous start to this season.

The move comes after the Braves traded shortstop Erick Aybar to the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, clearing a path for Atlanta to call up Swanson.

Swanson will be in the lineup at shortstop on Wednesday against Minnesota in his major league debut.

"I think that Dansby is going to be able to handle it mentally," said John Hart, Atlanta's president of baseball operations. "He's not a kid that if he comes in and really struggles right out of the gate that it's going to affect him. This is a kid that finds a lot of ways to help you win games other than maybe what he does with the bat."

Atlanta received infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Kade Scivicque in Tuesday's trade.

Swanson attended Marietta High School, and his favorite teams as a youngster were the Braves and the Atlanta Hawks.

He attended Vanderbilt University where in 2014, he was named Most Outstanding Player helping the Commodores beat Virginia in the College World Series.

In 2015, he was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the nation's top college player.

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