“He’s not the big strapping guy like (Ronald Acuna or Austin Riley), but you talk about a solid baseball player,” Snitker said. “That’s the greatest compliment I can give a guy. He’s a baseball player. He’s an every-day performer.”
Swanson’s calling card is producing when it matters most. He owns a .330 (31-for-94) average in the seventh inning and later while posting 31 hits in that situation, tied for second best in the National League.
Among his striking differences, Swanson has become an asset against southpaws. After hitting .237 against lefties in his first three seasons, Swanson has hit .303/.347/.485 against them through 79 games this season.
Entering the year, Swanson being the starting shortstop for the National League All-Star team was far-fetched. As we sit here in late June, Swanson is the favorite to receive the most votes in MLB’s starters election, which opens Wednesday.