Dansby Swanson is a professional baseball player who currently plays as a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He became a professional in 2015 after the Arizona Diamondbacks voted him into the Major League Baseball Draft 2015 for the first time in the overall standings before they sold him to the Braves in the 2015/2016 postseason.
In addition to the excellent skills he displays on the field, there’s something else this amazing American baseball player displays on the field – and that’s his hair. Let’s take a look at this young player’s world, his biography, his career, his statistics, his hair, his profession, his age, his girlfriend, and his height.
Dansby was born James Dansby Swanson on 11 February 1994 in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is the youngest of his parents’ three children – Cooter and Nancy Swanson. His two older siblings are Lindsey (sister) and Chase (brother).
He is a graduate of Marietta High School and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dansby Swanson literally grew up on the playing field because both his parents are athletes, including his older siblings. His mother played tennis and basketball in college, his father and older brother were both college baseball players, while his older sister Lindsey played softball.
Career, Trade & Stats
Since he grew up in a family where everyone was into the ball, it was easy for Dansby to just follow suit. As a child, he was a big fan of the big professional sports teams in Atlanta, including the Braves of the MLB, the Falcons of the NFL, and the Hawks of the NBA. During his high school years, he played both basketball and baseball.
In 2012, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, but he refused to sign the contract and instead went to Vanderbilt University where he played on the baseball team. As a freshman, he was only able to play 11 games due to a broken bone injury to his foot and a labrum tear in his non-throwing shoulder. In 2014, as a sophomore, he was named to the All-Southeastern Conference and also the most outstanding player in the College World Series after leading the team to victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2014 College World Series.
In 2015, he received the Golden Spikes Award 2015 – an annual award is given to the nation’s best college baseball player. In the same year, Swanson became the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first overall choice for the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.
Due to a facial injury, he sustained in a simulated game against Yoan López, Dansby Swanson’s professional debut had to wait until August 2015 when he played against the Hillsboro Hops in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League. This season he played a total of 22 games and finished with a batting average of 0.289, a home run, fourteen walks, and eleven RBIs.
Barely three months after his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Swanson and two other teammates – Aaron Blair and Ender Inciarte – were traded for Gabe Speier and Shelby Miller at the Atlanta Braves. He was sent to spring training with the Carolina Mudcats, and by the end of the training, he had scored .333/.441/.526 goals in 21 outings and advanced to the Mississippi Braves in the Class AA Southern League.
Dansby was nominated for the All-Star Futures Game in June 2016, and after playing in the Southern League All-Star Game for about a month, the Braves announced that he would then advance to the major leagues and be assigned the No. 2 jersey. That same month (August) he made his debut and scored his first major league goal against Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson. At the end of the league, he had a batting average of 0.302, a base average of 0.361, and a base average of 0.803, plus the tee.
Before the start of the 2017 season, Dansby announced that he would be wearing his college number 7 jersey again, rather than the number 2 jersey he had previously been allocated. The 2017 season was not one of Swanson’s best seasons, as he fought all of May with a batting average of 0.185, improved the next month (June), and soon supported Johan Camargo. In July he was sent to Gwinnett Braves, where he was expected to play every day, but was soon called back after an injury Camargo had suffered. However, in May 2018, Swanson was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to an overstretched left wrist.
Dansby Swanson is currently in a relationship with a girl named Kara Sheft. Kara is also a Vanderbilt graduate, and the couple met at Vanderbilt, where they both studied and soon started dating. The lovebirds are seen together at practically every opportunity.
Sheft is currently studying for a doctorate in physiotherapy at the University of Belmont. Before he met Kara, Dansby was dating a young advertising executive named Katy Huffman. According to reports, they were together for two years before they broke up.
Dansby Swanson’s Height, Hair
Dansby stands at 6’0 inches (1.85 m) and weighs 77 kg. The good-looking player has one of the most amazing hair structures and many believe that his hair has brought him more attention than his career, but Dansby disagrees.
Regarding the care of his hair, Dansby says he only washes it a few times a week and applies argan Moroccan oil.