Braves shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson made his major league debut on Wednesday evening, batting eighth in the lineup against the Twins at Turner Field. He lined out in his first at-bat against Kyle Gibson, but came back up to the plate in the fourth and ripped a 1-0 fastball on a line drive to right field for a single, marking his first major league hit.
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Swanson went to the Braves from the Diamondbacks, along with Aaron Blair and Ender Inciarte, this past winter in the Shelby Miller trade. He hit an aggregate .275/.362/.426 between High-A Carolina and Double-A Mississippi this season. MLB Pipeline rated him the No. 1 prospect in the Braves’ system and fifth overall in baseball.
Swanson also made an appearance in the MLB Futures Game at Pecto Park last month, but he went 0-for-3.
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.