Jul 20, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; First overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft Dansby Swanson looks on after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been stuck in a rut. Losers in ten of their last 13 games, the D-backs are now 65-71, the farthest they have been under .500 in over a month. Fans of the Snakes could use any kind of good baseball news a week before the Arizona Cardinals began their NFL season.
Enter Dansby Swanson.
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The number one overall pick had the finest day of his brief professional career on Thursday. He went 5 for 6 as the Hillsboro Hops routed the Boise Hawks by a score of 12-0. Swanson smoked a triple in the first inning and later scored the game’s first run. When the Hops put the game away by scoring five runs in the third, Swanson singled and scored on a Trevor Mitsui base hit. He followed up with singles in the fourth and sixth innings. In the eighth, Swanson’s swinging bunt gave him five hits in five plate appearances. Thanks to another five run frame by Hillsboro, Swanson got the chance to become the first player in Northwest League history to record six hits in a game. Unfortunately, he struck out to end the ninth inning.
In 81 at-bats for the Hops, Swanson is hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .389. He has seven doubles, three triples and a home run. Hillsboro begins playoff play later in the week and when that season finishes, so will that of the D-backs’ top draft pick. He will not be playing in the Arizona Fall League.