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Cash Bail cuts Dansby Swanson for Gift Ngoepe

May 3, 2017

Wow. You’re out of order, Counselor.

Dansby Swanson looked pretty bad over the first month but

  1. He’s going to get better.
  2. The Braves aren’t going anywhere this year and they’re committed to letting him play. A former #1 overall pick, the Braves are invested.

Gift Ngoepe, on the other hand,

  1. Will not get better and cannot sustain his hot start
  2. Is getting sent down or DFA’d as soon as David Freese (hamstring) comes off the DL or Jung Ho Kang gets travel clearance and up to speed (best case: all star break).

Ngoepe seems like a great human being and he’s showing all the plate discipline Swanson isn’t, but Ngoepe spent 7+ years in the minors before making his debut and the Pirates view him as a spare part. Ideally it’s Kang/Freese at third, Josh Harrison at second, with the scraps picked up by Phil Gosselin, Adam Frazier, and Alen Hanson. Harrison’s at third for now but that won’t last.

As it is, Ngoepe has only played once in the last three games.

Not sharp.

 

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